This vanity display includes an edge grain Wenge wood countertop. The countertop has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical front corners.
It is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in satin sheen. The bottom of the vanity display matches the top with a frame base made of Wenge. The frame base is also finished with Durata® in satin sheen.
The kitchen island display featured an edge grain AshPastore™ Table with one leg and dovetail Wenge keys.
The table has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical corners. It is sealed with Durata® Finish in satin sheen and includes laser engraving on the front edge.
This blog post covers the butcher block pros and cons. At Grothouse, the term ‘butcher block’ refers to a wood surface crafted in End Grain Construction. End Grain is the premium construction style recommended for direct food preparation. It is the construction style of choice for upscale applications. In end grain construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood.
Butcher Block Pros
There are far more butcher block pros than cons. To start off, a butcher block can be used for direct food preparation. This means you can cut and chop directly on the wood surface.
Knives keep their edge far better when used on butcher blocks. This is because the blade slides between the wood fibers, much like cutting into a firm brush. Cutting on hard surfaces like stone or glass can dull sharp blades.
An added benefit is that butcher blocks do not show knife marks quite as readily as surfaces crafted in other construction styles.
Any light scratches or knife marks made in the butcher block surface can be sanded off and re-oiled to look brand new!
The most popular use for butcher blocks is kitchen islands. They provide a functional work surface and unlike stone slabs, can be made any size without unsightly seams.
All Grothouse butcher blocks are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. Grothouse Original Oil™ is a food safe oil finish. The finish requires ongoing maintenance depending on the environment and amount of use.
Butcher Block Cons
The major butcher block con is that end grain surfaces cannot be sealed with ourDurata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Only surfaces crafted in flat grain or edge grain construction can be finished with Durata®. Durata® is a maintenance free finish. You can learn more about Durata® on our website. Because butcher blocks cannot be finished with Durata®, they cannot include a stain application.
Butcher Block Customer Reviews
We have received a great deal of positive butcher block customer reviews. Cheryl R. from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey wrote:
I just wanted to say thank you and share a few pics of the beautiful butcher block you created for us! We love it! It was supposed to be all about the function but it has become a masterful design feature!
I think it garners most of the compliments in our new kitchen! It was a pleasure working with your people from start to finish!
David L. from Santa Rosa, California said:
Although it’s been a little over a year since we did business with you, I just wanted to say thanks again for the incredible butcher block countertop you built for our new kitchen island. It is the perfect combination of beauty and function – we get lots of compliments from friends who visit.
Read more butcher block customer reviews here. Visit our websitefor more information regarding butcher block pros and cons. Visit our Pinterest to see inspiring designs including butcher blocks.
Butcher Block Countertops have made an increasing lead in today’s Modern Kitchen Designs. This blog will give you tips and inspiration for designing your very own Modern Butcher Block Countertop crafted by Grothouse.
Designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops
At Grothouse, the term “butcher block” refers to a countertop surface crafted in End Grain Construction. End Grain Construction is the premium construction style for direct food preparation. In End Grain Construction, small wood pieces stand vertically to show only the ends of the wood. This is shown in the diagram below. This construction style is significantly harder to manufacture than other construction styles because it requires a level of craftsmanship not found with most commercial suppliers. The pieces are generally random sized, although sizes will vary depending on the species and sizes of wood available at the time of manufacturing.
Butcher Block Countertops are the perfect surface area for food preparation because they are self-healing and can be sanded to look like brand new. Butcher Block Countertops are always finished with Grothouse Original Oil™, which requires a renewal process of the finish to ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and use. The refinishing process varies based on the frequency of countertop use.
When designing Modern Butcher Block Countertops, it is important to keep in mind all of the possible uses. Butcher Blocks can be designed for use as dining tables, kitchen countertops, and kitchen island tops.
Modern Butcher Block Countertops Inspiration
A colossal of award-winning designers have incorporated butcher block countertops into their modern kitchen designs.
Interior Environments designed the Maple and Wenge Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop for the large kitchen island in the picture below. The Checkerboard Pattern and the simple chamfer edge profile enhances the modern feel of the kitchen island.
Venegas + Company LLC designed the Modern Kitchen shown below to include a Teak Butcher Block Countertop for the kitchen island. Our teak has natural water repellent properties, and requires less oiling.
In Detail Interiors incorporated the Cherry and Walnut Checkerboard Butcher Block Countertop into the modern kitchen shown in the image below. The butcher block countertop is used as a kitchen island end rather than the entire kitchen island top. The lower height makes it comfortable for chopping.
T C Studios designed the Modern Kitchen in the following picture. The Brazilian Cherry Butcher Block Countertop was used for only part of the kitchen island for dining and seating purposes. Wood provides a warm place to rest your arms or enjoy a quick meal.
Modern Butcher Block Countertops can also be incorporated into designs as Dining Tables. Aidan Design designed a Walnut Butcher Block Countertop for the dining table in the modern kitchen shown below. The dining table can double in purpose as a dining table and a food preparation area.
Our Custom Butcher Block and Wood Countertops Blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. The featured kitchen was designed by Karen Swanson of New England Design Works.
About the Designer: Karen Swanson is the owner and designer at New England Design Works, an independent kitchen and bath design firm servicing the greater Boston area. She received her training at the Boston Architectural College. Feeling that every project has unique goals and challenges, her approach to design focuses on the individual needs of each client. Space planning and creative design solutions are her specialty. She regularly hears from her clients: “wow, that’s a great idea… no one else thought of that”. She brings creative energy and dedication to each project while shepharding her clients through the renovation process. Her work has been featured in various design magazines and two of her projects were selected for Houzz “Kitchen of the Week”. In 2012, Ms. Swanson was named 1st place winner of the NKBA’s National Design Contest for the medium kitchen category. Also in 2012, she was named “Best of the Best” as a regional winner selected amongst over 1600 entries worldwide in the Subzero Wolf Kitchen Design Contest.
A Tip from Karen: Establishing a budget early on is helpful to the design process as it illuminates what the possibilities are. Is moving windows, doors, and plumbing possible? What type of appliances will be used? Is there a “splurge” item that must be included in the project? Sharing your budget early in the process will allow your designer to help you most effectively plan the project in a way that meets your aesthetic goals while using your budget optimally.
Kitchen Island Countertops: Grothouse Walnut with Sapwood Butcher Block, Calacutta Marble
Appliances: Jenn Air
Light over sink: Urban Electric
Tile Backsplash: Ann Sacks
All Photography Credit: Evan White
Additional Comments and Advice: By keeping the fixtures in their original location, the clients were able to keep their project on budget while still affording custom cabinetry and special features such as custom color cabinetry and two luxury countertop surfaces for their island.
Engraved Wood countertops are a trendsetting feature
In the example above, the client added the family tattoo as a decorative element. Grothouse can engrave type in any font, or even a handwritten phrase or signature. Pictures and logos can also be engraved. The depth of the engraving can be adjusted to change the appearance. Glazing can also be added to enhance the design. The engraving can be applied to the surface of the engraved wood countertop or on a prominent edge.
The countertop pictured below was designed with a meaningful Latin phrase. It was designed by Tyler Florence for The House Beautiful Kitchen of the year. The cart was designed to be rolled table side for serving and carving. It also serves double duty as an extension to the existing kitchen island.
Engraved Wood Countertops | Designing
Choose something meaningful to you, an inspirational phrase or family name.
Scale the engraving to enhance the appearance of the piece. If it is too large it may be overwhelming visually.
On darker woods keep the engraving simple so the details do not get lost. Select lighter woods for more detailed engraving.
Consider adding a glaze to enhance the design of the engraving.
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 reliable protective coatings currently available on the market today.
Walnut butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchen islands. Grothouse offers two species of Walnut, Peruvian Walnut and American Black Walnut. Peruvian walnut countertops tend to be slightly darker than American Walnut and are a cost effective alternative to the dark, almost black tones of exotic Wenge. American Walnut with sapwood has chocolate brown tones and lighter Maple colored striations.
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. Each custom-built top 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.
Our Commitment to Customers:
At Grothouse Lumber, customer service is more than just a catch phrase; it’s at the very core of our business philosophy. We’re not only committed to producing the highest quality wood tops in the industry, we’re obsessed with ensuring that each and every customer receives the personal attention they deserve.
From our same-day quote response to our fast 2-3 week lead-time, every part of our business is focused on making sure you experience the best possible service and receive the best possible product.