The most common thickness for Wood and Butcherblock Countertops

There are multiple answers regarding the Frequently Asked Question, “What is the most common thickness for wood and butcherblock countertops?” 

The thickness of wood countertops depends on the construction style chosen for the countertop. There are three construction styles available for wood countertops: End Grain, Edge Grain, and Flat Grain.

End Grain ButcherBlock Countertops Thickness

End Grain ButcherBlock Countertops have a minimum thickness of 2 1/2"
End Grain ButcherBlock Countertops have a minimum thickness of 2 1/2″

End Grain is the premium construction style and our recommended surface for direct food preparation. Wood Countertops made in End Grain construction are known as ButcherBlock Countertops. End Grain Butcher Block Countertops have a minimum thickness of 2 1/2 inches.

Pictured below is a Sapele Mahogany End Grain ButcherBlock Countertop with a thickness of 2 1/2 inches. This Butcher Block Countertop was designed for the Newton Centre Project by This Old House® Television Show.

Mahogany ButcherBlock is 2 1/2 inches thick
Sapele Mahogany ButcherBlock used for the Newton Centre Project by This Old House® Television Show is 2 1/2 inches thick.

ButcherBlock Countertops are not limited to thickness. Below is a picture of a Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block that is 7 1/4 inches thick. This butcher block countertop was designed by Past Basket Design.

Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block 7 1/4 inches thick
Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block 7 1/4 inches thick designed by Past Basket Design

Edge Grain Wood Countertops Thickness

Edge Grain Wood Countertops have a minimum thickness of 1 1/2"
Edge Grain Wood Countertops have a minimum thickness of 1 1/2″

Wood Countertops made in Edge Grain construction are very stable and make a great surface for any countertop. These countertops are available in thicknesses of 1 1/2 inches up to 8 inches or greater.

Below is a picture of a Teak Wood Countertop with a thickness of 1 1/2 inches. This countertop was designed by Julie Fergus American Home.

Teak Wood Countertop 1 1/2 inches thick by Julie Fergus American Home
Teak Wood Countertop with a thickness of 1 1/2 inches, designed by Julie Fergus American Home

Heavier thicknesses are available for Edge Grain Wood Countertops, but are unusual. Pictured below is a White Oak Wood Countertop made in Edge Grain Construction that is 2 3/4 inches thick. This countertop was designed by Kitchen and Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh.

White Oak Wood Countertop 2 3/4 inches thick
White Oak Wood Countertop with a thickness of 2 3/4 inches, designed by Kitchen and Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh.

Flat Grain Wood Counters Thickness

Flat Grain Wood Counters have a minimum thickness of 1 13/4"
Flat Grain Wood Counters commonly have a minimum thickness of 1 13/4″

Wood Counters made in Flat Grain construction are generally preferred for a fine furniture aesthetic surface. Flat Grain Construction is also commonly known as Wide Plank. These counters are available with a thickness of 1 3/4 inches.Table tops, desks tops, bar tops and select countertops are frequently manufactured in this construction style.

Pictured below is a Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter that has a thickness of 1 3/4 inches. This wood counter was designed by Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company for the Auburndale Project by This Old House® Television Show.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter 1 3/4 inches thick
Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter with a thickness of 1 3/4 inches; designed by Donna Venegas of Venegas and Company for the Auburndale Project by This Old House® Television Show

Other thicknesses are available for Flat Grain Wood Counters, but they are unusual. The Sapele Mahogany Wood Bar Top pictured below was made in Flat Grain construction and has a thickness of 1 1/2 inches. This bar top was designed by Dominic Ciccimaro.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Bar Top 1 1/2 inches thick
Sapele Mahogany Wood Bar Top with a thickness of 1 1/2 inches, designed by Dominic Ciccimaro

You can see images of wood countertops with different thicknesses and construction styles in the Grothouse Image Library.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company

Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with  a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.

Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops

Adding Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops to any space is recycling at its high end finest. Reclaimed wood is a green alternative to using newer generations of wood for countertops. It is endorsed by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops exhibit the natural historical aspects of the originality of the wood. The natural historical aspects convey character and create an extremely unique appearance.
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop Surface by Grothouse
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertop Surface by Grothouse

Designing | Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops

Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops take many forms at Grothouse. Clients have recycled them for use as vanity countertops, bar tops, kitchen counters and even planter boxes.

Pictured below is a Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Counter made in Flat Grain Construction to be used for kitchen countertops. This Reclaimed Wood Counter was designed by Classic Stone Works, Inc. The counter includes two mitered joints with pre-installed hidden hardware.

Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Counters by Classic Stone Works, Inc.
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Counters designed by Classic Stone Works, Inc.

Reclaimed Chestnut wood countertops can also take form as a Pastore™ Waterfall countertop. The Reclaimed Chestnut Pastore™ Waterfall Countertop pictured below was designed by KDW HOME Kitchen Designworks. The countertop includes one undermount sink cutout, two faucet holes, and two mitered joints.

Reclaimed Chestnut Pastore Waterfall Counter by KDW HOME Kitchen Designworks
Reclaimed Chestnut Pastore Waterfall Countertop designed by KDW HOME Kitchen Designworks

As earlier stated, Reclaimed Chestnut Countertops take many forms at Grothouse, including bathroom vanities. The Kitchen Strand designed the Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Bathroom Vanity shown below. This countertop is made in Edge Grain Construction. The countertop is complimented with a Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Backsplash.

Reclaimed Chestnut Bathroom Vanity by The Kitchen Strand
Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Bathroom Vanity designed by The Kitchen Strand

Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops | Facts

Reclaimed Chestnut is the rarest reclaimed wood. Reclaimed Chestnut wood countertops by Grothouse are derived from dismantled antique Pennsylvania Barns.

Learn more about Reclaimed Chestnut Wood Countertops and the other Reclaimed Wood Species available at Grothouse.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company:

Established in 1994, the Grothouse Lumber Company has grown to become one of the most technically advanced and creative manufacturers in the wood surfaces market. Our custom-built wood countertops can be configured with  a myriad of available options, including 60+ wood species, and 30 edge profiles. Our specially-formulated Durata; permanent finish is one of the most durable and waterproof protective coatings currently available on the market today.

Wenge Countertops

Wenge Countertops have an extremely attractive appearance due to the strong grain and subtle color variation. The beauty of Wenge Countertops is their ability to be the centerpiece of any kitchen style. Wenge has a Janka Hardness Scale of 1510.

Wenge Countertops crafted by Grothouse
Wenge Wood Countertops custom crafted by Grothouse

Wenge Countertops | Constructions

Wenge Countertops can be made in three construction styles: Flat Grain Construction (also known as Wide Plank), Edge Grain Construction, and End Grain Construction (also known as Butcher Block). Wenge Wood Countertops made of all three construction styles are used in many different style kitchens.

Pictured below is a Wenge Wood Countertop made in Edge grain construction. This Wenge countertop was designed by The Shadowlight Group for this traditional style kitchen. The first thing you see when you look at this space is the Wenge countertop.

Wenge Countertops designed by The Shadowlight Group
Wenge Wood Countertop designed by The Shadowlight Group

Venegas and Company LLC designed the Flat Grain Wenge Counter pictured below. This counter is part of a contemporary style display. The counter is Hand Planed distressed and contains a custom seam miter. You can add this display to your ideabook on Houzz and like it on Facebook!

Custom Wenge Wood Counter design by Venegas and Company
Wenge Wood Counter designed by Venegas and Company

The Showcase Kitchens design seen below won the SUB-ZERO WOLF Best of the Best, Kitchen Design Competition 2010-2012 for the NY-NJ region. This kitchen includes a Wenge Butcher Block Countertop. The kitchen includes a Range-craft stainless steel hood and the absolute best Wolf and Sub Zero appliances.

Wenge Butcher Block designed by Showcase Kitchens
Wenge Butcher Block Countertop designed by Showcase Kitchens

Renowned kitchen designer Mick De Giulio included Flat Grain Wenge Counters for the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2012, as seen below. The white island cabinetry is complimented by Wenge wood countertops in this transitional style kitchen.  Mick De Giulio designed the counters to provide a warm seating area for this large kitchen island.

Wenge Wood Counters designed by Mick De Giulio for Kitchen of the Year
Wenge Wood Counters designed by Mick De Giulio for the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year 2012.

Wenge Countertops | Facts

Wenge originates in Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Tanzania, and Mozambique in Africa. Wenge is typically used for furniture, but can also be used for violin bows, block and strip flooring, boat building, and construction work.  Wenge is available FSC certified.

See what customers have to say about their Wenge Countertops.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops are extremely popular for wood bar tops and kitchen countertops. Sapele Mahogany is a commercially important wood and is the primary replacement for Genuine Mahogany. Sapele Mahogany Countertops are the center of attention in every room and can be brought to an excellent finish. Sapele Mahogany has a Janka Hardness Scale of 1510.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops manufactured by Grothouse
Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops custom crafted by Grothouse

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops | Constructions

Sapele Mahogany Countertops can be made in three construction styles: Flat Grain Construction (also known as Wide Plank), Edge Grain Construction, and End Grain Construction (also known as Butcher Block).

Sapele Mahogany Countertops are commonly distressed with a hand rubbed glaze and our Durata Finish, as shown in the picture below.

 Sapele Mahogany Distressed Wood Countertop
Distressed Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertop

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops are extremely popular in today’s kitchens. They are commonly used as kitchen island ends, on either one side or both sides of the island. Pictured below is a Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block Kitchen Island End designed by Past Basket Design. The use of the Butcher Block on the kitchen island end serves as a food preparation surface.

Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block design by Past Basket Design
Sapele Mahogany Butcher Block designed by Past Basket Design

Sapele Mahogany Countertops can also be used on kitchen island ends for use as extra counter space. Pictured below is a Sapele Mahogany Flat Grain Wood Counter designed by Echelon Custom Homes that is used as a kitchen island end for more counter space.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter designed by Echelon Custom Homes
Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter designed by Echelon Custom Homes

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops can also be used for a kitchen island table. A kitchen island table doubles as a kitchen island, but can also be used for a dining and seating area. This is shown in the picture below designed by Auer Kitchens.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Table design by Auer Kitchens
Sapele Mahogany Wood Kitchen Island Table designed by Auer Kitchens

As stated previously, Sapele Mahogany is a commercially important wood. It is often used for commercial bar tops. Wellsford Cabinetry, Inc. designed the U-Shaped Sapele Mahogany Bar Top shown below.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Bar Top design by Wellsford Cabinetry
Sapele Mahogany Commercial Wood Bar Top designed by Wellsford Cabinetry, Inc.

Sapele Mahogany Wood Countertops | Facts

Sapele Mahogany is typically used for furniture and cabinet making. It originates from Africa. The tree typically grows to be about 150 feet high (45 meters). Cadillac used Sapele wood for their interior wood trim on their vehicles. Sapele Mahogany is available FSC certified.

See what customers have to say about their Sapele Mahogany Countertops.