Endgrain Wood Countertops

Endgrain Wood Countertops are commonly known as Butcher Blocks. Butcher Blocks are considered to be the absolute best surface for food preparation, including direct chopping and cutting. Butcher Blocks are ideal for applications where looks and functionality are important. End grain is the construction style of choice for upscale applications.

Endgrain Wood Countertops by Grothouse
Grothouse Endgrain Wood Countertops

Endgrain Wood Countertops | Construction

End Grain Construction Style
Endgrain Wood Countertops Construction Style

End Grain is one of three construction styles offered at Grothouse. In butcher blocks, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood. The wood pieces used are typically random sized. Sizes will vary depending on the wood species and sizes of wood available. This construction style is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles. It requires a level of skill and craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers.

Endgrain Wood Countertops | Purposes

The traditional endgrain wood countertop is typically thought of as a butcher block cutting board. Butcher Block Countertops not only serve the purpose of a cutting board, but can be crafted to take any form to serve any purpose.

Butcher Blocks can be crafted to serve as the entire kitchen island countertop. The kitchen island butcher block countertop shown below was designed by Venegas and Company. The making of this butcher block countertop was filmed for an episode of This Old House® for the Newtown project.

Teak Butcher Block Countertop design by Venegas and Company
Teak Butcher Block Countertop designed by Venegas and Company

Butcher Block Countertops can be used as dining tables. The butcher block dining table shown in the picture below was designed by Aidan Design. This kitchen was featured in the DC Design House. The butcher block table is cleverly designed with a modern flair. It provides seating as well as an additional food preparation space.

Butcher Block Dining Table designed by Aidan Design
Butcher Block Dining Table designed by Aidan Design

Butcher Blocks can also be used as a kitchen island end. In this eclectic kitchen designed by Blue Bell Kitchens, the Checkerboard Butcher Block serves as a food preparation area, cutting board, and kitchen island end. This award winning kitchen design boasts sufficient work space combined with an antique feel.

Butcher Block Countertop designed by Blue Bell Kitchens
Checkerboard Butcher Block used for a kitchen island end designed by Blue Bell KItchens

Butcher blocks are also crafted as Pastore™ Waterfall Countertops. The Pastore Waterfall Butcher Block Countertop shown below was designed by Past Basket Design for this transitional kitchen. It serves as a seating and dining area, as well as a food preparation surface.

Butcher Block Pastore Waterfall Countertop by Past Basket Designs
Butcher Block Pastore Waterfall Countertop by Past Basket Designs

The butcher block cutting board pictured below is the perfect food preparation surface because it includes a trash hole for easy cleaning! The trash hole leads directly into the trash can below the countertop. The trash hole includes a polished stainless steel lid for an attractive appearance when the cutting board is not in use. This cutting board was designed by Blue Bell Kitchens. Watch this video to see all of the incredible features in this kitchen.

Butcher Block Cutting board with Trash Hole designed by Blue Bell Kitchens
Butcher Block Cutting board with Trash Hole design by Blue Bell Kitchens

Endgrain Wood Countertops | Finish

The Original Oil™ Finish for butcher block countertops
The Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish

The best finish for endgrain wood countertops and butcher blocks is the Grothouse Original Oil™ finish. The Original Oil™ Finish keeps butcher blocks and wood countertops properly maintained. It is a pure heavy weight mineral oil and is completely food safe; it can be used on surfaces used for food preparation. This finish is hypoallergenic and contains no Tung oils. One of the many advantages to using this finish is that it is fragrance and color free. This finish needs to be renewed on a regular basis depending on the environment and amount of use. Click here to learn more information about The Grothouse Original Oil™ Finish. You can purchase this finish on the Grothouse Online Store for your endgrain wood countertops.

Kitchen Island Countertop on This Old House®

Grothouse has had the honor of crafting a kitchen island countertop for the This Old House® renovation of an 1872 Italianate in the historic Boston suburb of Arlington.

Kitchen Island Countertop for This Old House® Arlington
This Old House® Arlington Project

Kitchen Island Countertop Details 

The kitchen island countertop is 300 pounds and 11 feet long. It is crafted of Burmese Teak wood in Flat Grain Construction. The countertop is sealed with our Durata® Finish in Satin sheen; a maintenance-free, waterproof finish only available on Grothouse wood surfaces. The countertop includes an Apron Sink Cutout for a Kohler sink (Model K6487). The countertop has a 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile on all of the top horizontal edges. The vertical corners and the bottom horizontal edges are square.

Custom Wood Kitchen Island Countertop crafted by Grothouse
Kitchen Island Countertop crafted of Burmese Teak Wood in Flat Grain Construction.

Episode Details

The island countertop can be seen on Episode 3324 (Season 33, Episode 24) of This Old House® called “Decorative Details.”

In this episode Norm Abram finds Paul Grothouse at the house ready to install the stunning countertop and sink.

This episode will begin airing on April 17, 2014. You can check your local listings to see when the episode will air near you.

About The Grothouse Lumber Company:

This episode is the sixth appearance of Grothouse on This Old House®. 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 reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.

Visit our website http://www.glumber.com  to learn more about designs with a kitchen island countertop.

Iroko Countertops

Iroko Countertops are often used as a substitute for Teak Countertops. They are extremely light in color when initially manufactured, but quickly darken to a honey brown color.

Iroko Wood Countertops crafted by Grothouse
Iroko Wood Countertops custom crafted by Grothouse

Iroko Countertops | Constructions

Iroko Countertops can be made in End Grain Construction (also known as Butcher Block), Edge Grain Construction, and Flat Grain Construction (also known as Wide Plank).

Pictured below is an Iroko Countertop made in End Grain Construction. This Iroko Butcher Block compliments the black cabinetry and adds character to the kitchen island. It is 4 inches thick and has a 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile on the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges, and vertical corners. This butcher block is protected with the Grothouse Original Oil™.

Iroko Countertops Picture
Iroko Butcher Block Countertop

Here are more examples of Iroko Countertops made in End Grain Construction.

Image of an Iroko Butcher Block
Iroko Butcher Block
Photo of an Iroko Butcherblock
Iroko Butcherblock Countertop

Iroko Countertops can also be made in Edge Grain Construction. Pictured below is an Edge Grain Iroko Wood Countertop. This wood countertop was designed for this transitional kitchen by Past Basket Design. It has a 1/8″ Roundover Edge Profile on the Top Horizontal Edges and Bottom Horizontal Edges, and a 3/4″ Radius on the Vertical Corners. This countertop was designed so that the grain runs in one direction.

Iroko Wood Countertop design for transitional kitchen by Past Basket Design
Iroko Wood Countertop designed by Past Basket Design
Photo of Iroko Countertops designed by Past Basket Design
Iroko Wood Countertop designed by Past Basket Design

Iroko Countertops can also be made in Flat Grain Construction. Pictured below are a few Flat Grain Iroko Wood Counters.

Iroko wood counter made in flat grain construction
Iroko Wood Counter
Iroko Countertops Photos
Iroko Wood Counter
Iroko Wood Flat Grain Counter Photo
Iroko Wood Counter

Iroko Countertops | Features and Reviews

In the April 2008 edition of Kitchen & Bath Business magazine, a large Iroko Wood Island Countertop manufactured by Grothouse was featured. The countertop included an undermount sink and a Medium Roman Ogee Edge Profile. This countertop was designed by Kitchens by Design. Read more about this wood countertop.

A customer in Longwood, Florida received her Iroko Wood Countertop for her kitchen island and wrote,

“Dear Grothouse Lumber, I spoke with Paul Grothouse last week to tell him how pleased we are with our Iroko island top. Thank you again for doing such a wonderful job for us!”

Another customer in Summit, New Jersey received her Iroko Butcher Block and found out that her butcher block was in production when Norm Abram of This Old House® filmed a tour of the Grothouse shop. This butcher block became famous for its “cameo” appearance on the This Old House® Television Show.

Iroko Countertops | Facts

Iroko originated in Africa. It is also known as Kambala, Lusanga, Moreira, Rokko, Odum, and African Teak. Iroko is for ply wood, wall paneling, decorative veneer, boat and ship construction, and other marine work. In the 1990’s it was used for a part of the Txalaparta. Txalaparta is a basque musical instrument made of wooden boards.

More information about Iroko Countertops can be found in the Countertop Design Guide.

Peruvian Walnut Countertops

Peruvian Walnut Countertops are used for many different countertop surfaces, including bar tops, kitchen islands, and tables for commercial and residential use.

Peruvian Walnut Countertops manufactured by Grothouse
Peruvian Walnut Countertops custom manufactured by Grothouse

Designing Peruvian Walnut Countertops

Woodwork Specialties Co. designed the Peruvian Walnut Wood Bar Top pictured below. This Wood Bar Top includes a Drink Rail. Drink Rails are used to protect the rear of the wood bar countertop from spills. They also provides a suitable space to set glasses and other materials.

Custom Peruvian Walnut Bar Top designed by Woodwork Specialties Co.
Peruvian Walnut Bar Top designed by Woodwork Specialties Co.

Peruvian Walnut Countertops are commonly used for kitchen islands. One of the largest countertops ever made by Grothouse is pictured below, designed by Chervin Woodworks. This top is 2-3/4″ thick x 5 feet wide x 18 feet long. This top was shipped safely from Pennsylvania to Ontario. It weighed about 1,300 pounds. It took every man in the photo to carry the Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop into the home.

Peruvian Walnut Countertop designed by Chervin Woodworks
Peruvian Walnut Countertop used for a kitchen island top designed by Chervin Woodworks

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertops are used as the entire kitchen island top, but they can also be used as part of the kitchen island. The Peruvian Walnut Countertop seen below is used as a seating and dining area attached to the kitchen island. This modern kitchen was designed by Exquisite Kitchen Design.

Peruvian Walnut Countertop designed by Exquisite Kitchen Design
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertop designed by Exquisite Kitchen Design

The kitchen island seen below was a collaboration with Rutt Custom Cabinetry and Hafele. It includes Hafele’s Frontino Sliding Door Hardware, LED Lighting, Mechanical Lifts, Decorative Hardware and more. The center of the island raises to reveal space for appliances and computers. The Peruvian Walnut Countertops were designed by Jason Artus of Rutt Custom Cabinetry Group.

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertops on a Kitchen Island
Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertops on a Kitchen Island designed by Rutt Cabinetry

Peruvian Walnut Wood Countertops can also take form as a Parsons Table. The Peruvian Walnut Parsons Table shown in the picture below was designed by Venegas and Company for this transitional kitchen.

Peruvian Walnut Parsons Table designed by Venegas and Company
Peruvian Walnut Wood Parsons Table designed by Venegas and Company

Peruvian Walnut Countertops Facts

Peruvian Walnut is also known as Tropical Walnut or South American Walnut. It originates from Central and South America. Peruvian Walnut can also be used for cabinetry, musical instruments, trimming, and flooring.

See what customers have to say about their Peruvian Walnut Countertops on the Wood Countertops Reviews page.