Grothouse introduces 3D printing to the shop. This printing process permits the crafting of unique prototype of custom items requested by our creative clients.
Our engineer Steve demonstrates the innovative process to craft a wood record player tonearm prototype.
The 3D printer uses a flexible, strong plastic material through a very small tip and puts it out in a pattern layer by layer. The machine goes back and forth layer by layer printing out exactly what we want before it goes all together.
Once the part is done building, it is removed from the support layer. This particular part is too big for the printer, so we had to build it in two pieces. The parts are built with two separate joints that fit perfectly together to create one solid, functional piece.
The customer will get the 3D printed example of the tonearm and try it out to see how well it works. If everything goes well the customer will return the example to us and we will craft the entire piece out of wood.
This allows us to reduce our overall costs to the customer and allows us to make sure that it fits properly and functions properly and the overall form is what the customer wants before making it out of wood.
To watch the video of the 3D printer creating the record player tonearm, click here.
Wood countertops are naturally beautiful in their simplest form, but when designed with a more decorative eye they are any room’s best feature. Decorative wood countertops take many forms at Grothouse.
Designs with Decorative Wood Countertops
Because our wood countertops are custom crafted to your design specifications, they can be designed for the most elegant of spaces, or designed for the most tranquil of spaces.
You can also design your wood countertop to be completely gilded in one of our Anvil metal finishes. Matthew Quinnalso designed a White Oak Rift Sawn Blank countertop gilded in our Argentum metal finish for House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year 2016.
Designers often choose to have the countertop distressed or hand planed to add character and worn-in charm. Wood-Mode Inc. designed the below Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to be super distressed. Super distressing means that the countertop is very heavily distressed with very unevenly worn corners and edges. It also has plentiful dings and notch marks, clusters of worm holes, waffle hammer dings and circular dings, heavy edge nicks, and possibly termite tracks.
Choose a real live edge countertop to make the most opulent statement. Christopher Peacock designed this English Wych Elm countertop to be the center of attention in the 2015 Kips Bay Decorator Show House.
The Camelot Edge Profile is exclusively available on Grothouse custom solid wood surfaces. The name “Camelot” is most commonly known as a castle and court associated with King Arthur. This edge profile features strong details and elegant curves, much like the architecture of the Camelot castle. And thus, the edge profile was named the Camelot.
Designing Wood Countertops with the Camelot Edge Profile
A countertop must be at least 3 3/4 inches thick to feature the Camelot edge. A large overhang is required because of edge projection. This edge also features a large inside radius.
The edge can be applied to wood countertops crafted in edge grain and end grain construction style. Flat grain construction with applied edges can be done, but is not recommended as it would be unusual at that thickness. This edge cannot be added to a composite substrate.
The Camelot edge profile photograph featured in this blog is a sample crafted out of Hard Maple wood in edge grain construction style. The wood is coated in the Anvil™ Axel metal finish. The sample is a 3 3/4 inches thick.
This sample is a part of our Anvil™ Metal Sample Kit for Grothouse Dealers. If you are interested in becoming an Anvil™ Grothouse Dealer and purchasing the kit, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Custom Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. This featured kitchen includes a Distressed Walnut Countertop designed by Chip Tiber, CKD, NCIDQ, of Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths.
About the Designer: Chip Tiber is a certified designer with Studio 76 Kitchens & Baths located in the Greater Cleveland area. He has extensive experience in kitchen and bath design, lighting design, construction, and interior design. His experience enables him to fully comprehend the relationship between excellent design and functional spaces. Chip’s certifications include NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) and CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer).
A Tip from Chip: A well-defined kitchen uses a mixture of materials to provide both strong and subtle contrasts of texture. Contrast is defining and distinctive, but the blending character is balance. It is this harmonious balance which says “there is something so inviting about this space.”
Additional Comments and Advice: When designing an over-sized island, consider warm materials such as this 1 3/4″ thick wood countertop fabricated by Grothouse. The distressed and glazed Walnut wood, which includes some sapwood, invites family and friends to gather for meals and conversations. The warmth of these materials encourages guests to linger and the generous expanse of the counter provides ample space for enjoyment.
Grothouse is thrilled to introduce the addition of 11 new edge profiles to our extensive selection! The new edge profiles have been crafted for their distinctive appearances that can be worked into any style design. The edge profiles can be carved as shown upright, or flipped upside down for a unique twist.
New Edge Profiles
The Calver edge profile is popular for traditional kitchen styles and visually increases the thickness of the countertop. It is exclusively available at Grothouse and requires a 1-1/2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate
The Charmant edge profile was designed with traditional kitchen styles in mind and visually increases the thick appearance of the countertop. It is exclusively available on Grothouse countertops with a minimum thickness of 2 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.
The Kassel edge profile enhances traditional kitchen styles and visually increases the thick appearance of the countertop. This edge profile is exclusively available at Grothouse and requires a 2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate.
The softened Kerpen edge profile is a custom touch for modern and transitional kitchen styles. It is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces crafted in edge grain, flat grain, and end grain construction. The edge requires a 1-1/2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate.
Kolossal is a renaissance profile for transitional and traditional kitchen styles. The profile visually increases the thickness of the countertop. Kolossal edge is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces. It requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.
Krone is a the crowning touch for modern and traditional kitchen styles. Krone is exclusively available on Grothouse wood surfaces. It requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 3 inches and visually increases the thickness of the countertop. The price level for this profile is high.
The Perlen is a Grothouse exclusive edge profile with an exaggerated bead that is popular for modern and traditional kitchen styles. The Perlen requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.
Rhine is a popular edge for countertops used in modern and transitional kitchen styles. The Rhine edge visually increases the thickness of the countertop. It requires a 1-1/2 inch thick countertop. The price for this profile is moderate.
The Roman Notch is an exclusive Grothouse edge profile popular for modern and traditional kitchen styles. The Roman Notch requires the countertop to have a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches. The price for this profile is moderate.
The Rugen edge profile is exclusive on Grothouse wood surfaces with a minimum thickness of 2 inches. This edge is similar to a bar rail for busy modern and traditional kitchen styles. The price for this profile is high.
Sonder is a Grothouse exclusive edge profile, popular for modern and traditional kitchen styles. The countertop must have a minimum thickness of 1-1/2 inches to include the Sonder edge. The price for this profile is moderate.
Grothouse wood surfaces are known for their ability to be used for many different purposes, while exhibiting a stunning appearance. While most wood surfaces are crafted for food preparation or dining purposes, many designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces as shelves for a place to store fine china, glass, or other decorative items. Grothouse crafts accessorial wood surfaces for any purpose and to fit any space.
Designs of Accessorial Wood Surfaces
Some of the most talented kitchen designers incorporate accessorial wood surfaces into their designs.
Signature Custom Cabinetry designed the matching shadow boxes and cabinet surround box. All boxes are made of Sapele Mahogany wood in edge grain construction. Shadow boxes are perfect for exhibiting decorative items, like picture frames. Cabinet surround boxes add a unique and appealing appearance to cabinetry.
Elkay Manufacturing designed this White Oak counter to be used as a reception counter. This design was featured in the Elkay Display Booth at KBIS 2014. The counter holds decorative items such as a clock, a bouquet of flowers, and a glass container with candy.
The Savannah Cabinet Shop designed this Teak wood counter for extra counter space in the kitchen and to hold items like a speaker and a toaster.
Echelon Custom Homes designed this Sapele Mahogany wood counter for extra counter space. It is used to exhibit the gorgeous silver dish placed on top. The wood counter makes that area the center of attention. It can also be used as an extra food preparation or serving space.
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Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts often contain drop in stove inserts gas, electric or induction. They can be safely used following the cooktop manufacturer’s instructions. Slide in ranges should be installed so the stove surface is level with the countertop. This can be accomplished by adjusting the feet of the slide in stove. Grothouse has the design capability to craft any wood countertop to safely fit a cooktop or stove.
Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts | Design Options
Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts can be crafted out of any three construction styles available at Grothouse. The three construction styles available are End Grain, Edge Grain, and Flat Grain. The construction style should be chosen for the countertops intended use. Click here to find out more information about countertop construction styles.
Cooktop Cutouts can be used with countertops finished with Grothouse Original Oil™or Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Grothouse Original Oil™ should be chosen if you plan on chopping directly on the wood countertop and do not mind re-oiling the top on a monthly basis. Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish should be chosen if you do not plan on chopping directly on the countertop and want a maintenance-free finish that is permanent.
Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts | Design Inspiration
Designing Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts might appear to be difficult. However, this feature can easily be included in any style kitchen. Below is an assortment of inspirational kitchen designs.
The traditional kitchen pictured above was designed byLandmark Cabinetry. The countertop is crafted of Reclaimed Oak wood in Flat Grain construction style. The cooktop is conveniently located across from the sink and on the center of one side of the countertop. This provides extra space on the countertop for other uses. This Reclaimed Oak countertop is finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte Sheen.
Shown above is a Traditional style kitchen with a different style cooktop. The countertops are Maple in Edge Grain construction style. They are sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen. House Captains, Inc. designed this comfortable kitchen.
This kitchen was designed by Waterbury Kitchens. The African Mahogany countertops are crafted in Edge Grain construction. The perimeter countertops include a cooktop cutout for the Dacor RGC365. The countertops are sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.
The Peruvian Walnut Kitchen Countertops pictured above were included in this design by Steven Miller for the House Beautiful 2014 Kitchen of the Year. The Peruvian Walnut Countertops were constructed in Edge Grain style. They include a 36″ Whirlpool Cooktop Cutout. The countertops are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.
To see more inspirational designs of Wood Kitchen Countertops with Cooktop Cutouts, visit ourImage Library. If you like any of these designs you can pin them to your boards on Pinterest!
Grothouse Original Oil ™ Finish is the best product for keeping butcher blocks and wood countertops properly maintained. Grothouse Original Oil ™ is heavy weight pharmaceutical grade pure mineral oil and is used for lasting protection on wood surfaces. This finish is completely food safe and can be used on surfaces used for food preparation. This finish is hypoallergenic and contains no Tung oils. You can entertain guests with no concerns of nut allergies.
An advantage to using this finish is that it is fragrance free and color free. This finish needs to be renewed on a regular basis depending on the environment and amount of use. The surface should be oiled when it appears visually dry. Maintaining the finish is very important to the long term life of the wood surface, as well as keeping the surface protected from water.
Countertops with Grothouse Original Oil™
This finish is primarily used on butcher blocks. Butcher blocks are a common term used to refer to countertops crafted in end grain construction. It can be used on large butcher block countertops such as the maple butcher block pictured below. This space was designed by JP Walters Design Associates.
It can also be used on wood countertops, cutting boards, salad bowls, soapstone, and wood utensils. Wood Countertops can include any options when finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. The edge grain Teak wood countertop pictured below includes an undermount sink designed by Blanco.
Wood countertops with oil finish can also include trivets. The Walnut countertop pictured below includes trivets and an undermount sink. This countertop was designed by Deborah Dyste of Souris River Designs.
Wood Countertop Patterns are a fun, creative way to add an element of interest and appeal to any kitchen space. At Grothouse, we have created a multitude of Wood Countertop Patterns. Countertops with patterns and other designs are extremely unique and custom to client specifications. Custom patterns can be facilitated designs that do not conform to typical geometric shapes. In this blog post we will discuss some of the most popular Wood Countertop Patterns we have crafted.
Most Popular Wood Countertop Patterns
Random Mix construction is the most artful form of butcher blocks we create. Our craftsmen mix a variety of wood species in an arrangement that is visually pleasing to the eye. No two Random Mix wood countertop patterns are alike. The Random Mix pattern is only available for countertops crafted in End Grain construction, otherwise known as butcher block countertops.
Photographed below is a Walnut, Wenge, and African Mahogany End Grain Butcher Block. The three wood species are randomly mixed to create the beautiful pattern. This countertop was designed by Brandon MacDonald.
Another extremely popular wood countertop pattern is Checkerboard. Checkerboard patterns are also only available for End Grain Butcher Block Countertops. The Checkerboard pattern consists of two alternating wood species. Checkerboard patterns require precise measuring and block size to execute properly. This style continues to be our most popular pattern.
Below is a Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop. This countertop was designed by Interior Environments.
Clients have also used checkerboard patterns in the form of borders for their butcher block countertops. The kitchen photographed below includes a Beech butcher block countertop with a Wenge and Beech Checkerboard pattern border, which is then bordered with Walnut. This space was designed by Jenny’s Design Build.
Another popular pattern includes stripes of different wood species. The kitchen below was designed by Bluebell Kitchens. It includes two edge grain countertops with Maple with African Mahogany stripes.
Other patterns can also be crafted as well. An extremely unique pattern, that can only be crafted by the finest craftsmen, is exhibited in the butcher block photographed below. This butcher block was designed to have an Interlocking Pattern of Walnut, Maple, and White Oak.
Wood Countertop Patterns are a fun, creative way to add an element of interest and appeal to any kitchen space. Some of the most popular patterns at Grothouse include Random Mix, Checkerboard, and Stripes. to see more Wood Countertop Patterns, visit our Countertop Image Library.
Super Distressed Wood Countertops are used to achieve an antique, rustic, and old-world feel in a space. Super Distressed Wood Countertops have very uneven worn corners and edges, plentiful dings and notch marks, clusters of worm holes, plentiful scratches and drag marks, waffle hammer dings and circular dings, heavy edge nicks, and termite tracks.
Designing Super Distressed Wood Countertops
All Grothouse wood surfaces crafted in Flat Grain Construction and Edge Grain Construction can be distressed to evoke the appearance of a truly original antique. Most Super Distressed Wood Countertops are accentuated with a Hand Rubbed Black Glaze and sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Super Distressed is the highest level of distressing available on Grothouse wood surfaces. Super Distressed Wood Countertops are used in a variety of style spaces. The most common style space Super Distressed Wood Countertops are used in are Traditional.
Below is a series photographs of a traditional kitchen designed by Wood-Mode Inc. This kitchen space exudes elegance. The highlight of this space is a Flat Grain Sapele Mahogany Wood Counter with Super Distressing. This counter includes one undermount sink cutout for a Blanco Sink Precision Model #516225. It also includes one faucet cut out for a Blanco Acclaim Model #440518. The counter has a Hand Rubbed Black Glaze application to accentuate the distressing. It is sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.
Pictured below is a kitchen space designed by Kitchens by Charles Weiler, Inc. This traditional kitchen includes a Sapele Mahogany Flat Grain Super Distressed Wood Counter. The counter includes a Hand Rubbed Black Glaze application to accentuate the distressing. It is sealed with our Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.
Super Distressed Wood Countertops are indispensable when it comes to creating an antique, rustic, and old-world feel in a space. More distressed wood countertops can be seen in our Countertop Image Library.