Custom Wood Countertops for Narrow Kitchen Islands

Installing an island can enhance your kitchen in many ways, and, with good planning, even smaller kitchens can benefit with narrow kitchen islands. Narrow kitchen islands can be just as functional and effective as average-size islands, including food preparation space and plenty of storage.

Custom Wood Countertops for Narrow Kitchen Islands
Custom Wood Countertops for Narrow Kitchen Islands | Photography by Rodney Middendorf

According to Houzz, the average size of a kitchen island is about 3 by 6½ feet (1,000 by 2,000 millimeters). An island that size would typically have a surrounding clearance zone of about 40 inches (1,000 millimeters). However, an island’s size is usually determined by the distances around it, so larger kitchens allow for bigger islands.

Wood countertops custom crafted for narrow kitchen islands are uniquely designed to fit the needs of every client. They can be crafted as the entire surface of the island, or as the kitchen island end.

American Beech Wood Countertop for Narrow Kitchen Island Designed by J.S. Brown & Co.
Design by J.S. Brown & Co. | Photography by Rodney Middendorf

An American Beech wood countertop was designed by Brandon Okone and Monica Miller, MCR, UDCP, CMKBD of J.S. Brown & Co. for this narrow kitchen island located in Columbus, Ohio. The countertop, crafted in edge grain construction, was designed to be the entire islands surface. Finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, this top can be sanded and oiled to look like new after years of use.

Peruvian Walnut Cutting Board for Narrow Kitchen Island Designed by Griffey Remodeling
Design by Griffey Remodeling

Griffey Remodeling designed a 5 inch think Peruvian Walnut edge grain countertop for the end of this red kitchen island. The countertop serves as a cutting board and food preparation space away from the traffic between the sink and the cooktop, but close enough to be easily accessible.

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Butcher Block Stations

Butcher block stations are custom crafted to turn any kitchen into a veritable work horse. The best stations function as both mobile food preparation spaces and storage centers.

Butcher Block Stations custom crafted to turn any kitchen into a veritable work horse
Butcher Block Stations

The surface area is a butcher block countertop crafted out of solid wood in end grain construction style. End grain construction style is preferred by chefs because it keeps knives sharp and can be sanded down and oiled to look like new. Butcher block countertops are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Butcher Block Station designed by Tyler Florence for Kitchen of the Year 2011
Butcher Block Station designed by Tyler Florence for Kitchen of the Year 2011

The ultimate butcher block station was designed by Tyler Florence for Kitchen of the Year 2011. Crafted in all solid wood construction, the station features custom laser engraving on the front face of the butcher block. The butcher block also features one long integrated knife slot, keeping knives out of the way but easily accessible.

The base of the station includes five drawers for convenient storage, each 150 lb rated undermount drawer slides with soft close. 500 lb rated casters for heavy duty use were installed to enable the station to be mobile.

Custom Wood Butcher Block Station designed by TRK Design Company with Laser Engraving
Butcher Block Station designed by TRK Design Company

Placed in front of a handy message board, this movable kitchen island station designed by TRK Design Company has a 6″ solid Lyptus wood butcher block engraved with the name of the farm estate.

Custom Wood Butcher Block Station designed by Blue Bell Kitchens with Waste Hole
Butcher Block Station designed by Blue Bell Kitchens

While butcher block stations are often designed to be mobile, they can also be built into a kitchen island or perimeter kitchen countertops. The Walnut butcher block pictured above was designed by Blue Bell Kitchens. The butcher block is rabbeted into the granite countertop and features a waste hole, enabling food scraps to be easily thrown away by removing the stainless steel lid.

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Is Ash Wood Soon to be Extinct?

Is Ash wood soon to be extinct? Robert Dalheim of Woodworking Network reported on September 6, 2017 that the Emerald Ash Borer, referred to as EAB, is a threat to all North American Ash trees.

Emerald Ash Borer threatening Ash wood trees in North America
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) | Photo via Woodworking Network

Ash is known as the wood of choice for baseball bats. Its solid workability and overall strength makes it a fantastic choice for custom wood countertops. Ash wood countertops have a great shock resistance and has phenomenal staining potential.

Ash Wood Countertops for kitchens bathrooms offices custom made by Grothouse
Ash Wood Countertop

There are about 8.7 billion Ash trees in North America valued at more than $280 billion. The EAB has already killed approximately 50 million trees. Ash trees are marked with s-shaped galleries or tunnels found beneath the bark when infested by the EAB.

Ash trees are marked with s-shaped galleries or tunnels found beneath the bark when infested
Ash trees are marked with s-shaped galleries or tunnels found beneath the bark when infested | Photo via Woodworking Network

Wisconsin state officials have confirmed that the EAB has spread to five new counties as well as South Carolina. All Wisconsin counties will be quarantined, requiring that firewood and other wood products stay inside quarantined areas. EAB is now in 46 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, covering about two-thirds of the state. South Carolina is also enforcing quarantine initiatives that may cover all 46 counties in the state. Officials in both states are asking for the public’s help in limiting the movement of firewood.

In addition to implementing quarantines, efforts have been made to service logs of dead, infected trees into lumber and other wood products. Using a specialized heating chamber, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have discovered a way to kill EABs in wood for pallets and other shipping components.

Efforts to limit EAB’s scope have affected businesses that sell Ash trees or wood products, property owners and governments. Economic impacts are high for urban and residential areas due to the treatment and removal costs and decreased land value associated with dying trees.

The loss of Ash from an ecosystem can result in increased numbers of invasive plants, changes in soil nutrients, and effects on species that feed on Ash.

Ash Wood Countertops continue to be available at Grothouse and will be for the foreseeable future. We are keeping close watch on the supply to ensure Ash remains available at Grothouse.

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Source: Woodworking Network

Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters

Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured design includes a Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters.

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Julie of Design Matters
Julie Freeman Cavanaugh of Design Matters

About the Designer: Julie completed her education in Interior Design in 1998, achieved a CID licensure and became a professional ASID member in 2002. With an eye for spatial relationships and problem solving, Julie’s interiors bring functional sensibility and tremendous flow while achieving beautiful proportions. Not afraid to mix color, texture and scale, Julie’s homes provide unique and unparalleled “livable luxury”. 

About Design Matters: Design Matters provides unique, detailed and client focused design solutions. From architectural development, space planning, material selections, color and furniture specifications and more, Design Matters’ approach threads together comprehensive designs down to the last threaded detail.

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top designed by Design Matters

Design Details

Cabinet Manufacturer: Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs in Medium Bronze

Flooring: Arto Brick – Normandy Cream, 14″ Hexagon

Countertops: Kitchen Island – Grothouse End Grain Random Mix Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block finished with Grothouse Original Oil; Perimeter – Raw Concrete

Sink: Native Trails Farmhouse Quartet in Ash

Backsplash: Blue Slide Art Tile

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Twisted Oak Path in Matte

Stove: Thermador Pro Harmony Gas Range

Dishwasher: Thermador Built-In Dishwasher

Other Appliances: Thermador Professional Series Wall Mount Range Hood

Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top for a kitchen in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Wood Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top creates an inviting seating space
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top located in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top provides plenty of food preparation space
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top Roundover Edge Profile in Los Gatos, California
Walnut Butcher Block Kitchen Bar Top features a Roundover Edge Profile

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