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How do you offer the best butcher block pricing?

We have the best butcher block pricing – guaranteed! Forever Joint Tops will not be undersold on the same material and quality of the product – it’s that simple.

We combined years of experience, skill, and dedication with industry-leading equipment and technology to produce products efficiently without compromising quality.

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Why buy butcher block direct?

We sell direct to the consumer to eliminate the middleman’s mark-up. We also provide a direct line to our live Sales team, with a 24 hour response time. You can text us at our sales/service numbers as well.

Buying butcher block directly from a supplier such as Forever Joint Tops gives you greater value with virtually no limitations due to our extensive customization options. Get A Quote now to begin designing the perfect butcher block solution for your office, kitchen or commercial butcher block needs and dreams!

Forever Joint Tops customers, buying direct also means that we have more control over the quality of products. We work directly with talented manufacturers from all over the country who are specially-selected for their particular skills and ability to produce the highest quality butcher block products.

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Can you fulfill large orders/large volume orders?

Yes, Forever Joint Tops ships truckload orders all across the US. Please contact Isaac at ikfjtops@gmail.com or 608-566-6903 or for a quote.

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Do your butcher block tops come finished?

All Forever Joint Tops will be sanded, have 1/4" eased edge on the topside, and will have a food safe mineral oil applied to them. They will not have a sealer/finish applied to them.

Visit our Finishing and Care page for more information.

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How much is shipping? What does shipping cost?

All regular orders come with free shipping!

Any top larger than 36” x 72” or 30” x 84” will ship to the FedEx Freight Center closest to the shipping address provided. Be sure to only select “FedEx Freight” when you look for your nearest freight delivery location to filter out their other facility types.

Bulk orders will vary depending on the size of order and the location it’s going to. Please fill out the commercial order form if needing a bulk order quote.

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Are matching back-splashes available?

We sell matching back splashes for each type of wood that we have. They are 1/4” thick and 4” tall.

For a quote, please contact Isaac at ikfjtops@gmail.com or 608-566-6903 with the size backsplash you need.

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Can I cut my butcher block top?

Yes, Forever Joint Tops tops are able to be cut with a standard circular saw with a sharp blade using a straight edge. Sink cut-outs also require a jigsaw and drill.

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How can you ensure precise butcher block sizing?

Do your butcher block tops come finished?

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How do I care for my butcher block top? What maintenance is involved with butcher block?

Your top will come with a food safe mineral oil already applied. We recommend you finish your top with an oil-based finish product. We highly recommend Waterlox to keep your top looking beautiful for years to come. Please follow the manufacturer’s application instructions.

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What finish do you recommend if cutting directly on the work surface?

What finish do you recommend for Island tops and Countertops?

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What thickness options are available for your butcher block tops?

We primarily run 1-1/2" thick butcher block tops, but we have the ability to run 2-1/4” which requires an extended lead time. If the request is for large volumes, we have the ability to manufacture up to 3” thick material.

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Are your butcher block tops reversible?

No. All our butcher block tops are a one-face panel with the eased edge on the top side. The bottom side will allow minor defects such as knots in the panel.

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Why are all your butcher block tops edge-grain?

We proudly produce edge grain butcher block tops because of its beauty and reliable durability compared to a face grain product. End grain butcher block is harder, but the significant price increase doesn’t justify the look for countertops in our opinion.

See also:

What is edge-grain?

What is end-grain?

What is face-grain?

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Will you cut my butcher block to a custom size?

Yes, Forever Joint Tops cuts butcher block tops to size using CNC machinery to make sure it is exactly what you need. We have a tolerance of +/- 1/8”.

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Can you do sink cut-outs or mitered corners?

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What is the recommended overhang on cabinets?

The standard overhang is 1” to 1-1/2” in most cases.

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How far can I overhang my butcher block top with no support?

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How far can I overhang my butcher block top with no support?

We recommend supports on the end if it goes over 8”, but it depends on the situation. The overhang on a butcher block island top/bar top is recommended at 6”. If the overhang is longer, we recommend using corbels to support the top.

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Can you do sink cut-outs or mitered corners?

Due to the technical issues involved with this, we currently do not offer this service. Sink cut-outs and mitered corners are best handled at the jobsite by the installer.

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What finish do you recommend for butcher block island tops and butcher block countertops?

To finish butcher block countertops, islands, or any other top you won’t be cutting on directly, we recommend Waterlox. This can be found online at https://www.waterlox.com.

This is an extremely water-resistant sealer/finish that produces excellent results while being very easy to work with. This is a great product if your butcher block top is near a sink or any water source. Be sure to apply on the bottom side as well.

Other finishes can also do a great job, but be sure, whatever you apply is an oil-based product to avoid issues with the food-safe mineral oil that has already been applied.

Visit Finishing and Care for more information.

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What finish do you recommend if cutting directly on the work surface?

We recommend using a Bee’s Wax or a Butcher Block Oil. This must be done regularly to keep your top from drying out and checking on the ends.

You should treat the bottom and ends of the surface as well. Some customers have sealed just the bottom with Waterlox, and then apply Butcher Block Oil on the top to make it easier to keep sealed.

Remember, it never hurts to do this more often! Keeping it well-seasoned is critical to avoid it from checking.

See Finishing and Care for further instructions.

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How can you ensure precise custom butcher block sizing?

We customize your Forever Joint Top with our Cut-To-Size Program giving you the exact size butcher block top you require. This is done with one of our two Computer Numerical Control (CNC) saws, to remove the possibility of any mis-cuts caused by human error.

Our equipment holds the butcher block piece down so it can’t possibly move during cutting, unlike with hand-cutting that can be affected by any human shakiness, unstable or unlevel cutting surfaces, and more.

This excellent system first cuts the piece 1/16 inch larger than the desired size, then uses a router bit to skim that excess to not only ensure the perfect size, but also a smooth, attractive finished edge.

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Why is Forever Joint Tops butcher block better?

All Forever Joint Tops butcher block comes with a warranty. We know our products are excellent and that you’ll be delighted with our butcher block quality, beauty, and durability.

Here are a few reasons Forever Joint Tops butcher block is better:

For more detail, visit our Better Butcher Block page.

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How will my butcher block be shipped? What shipping services do you use?

Our butcher block tops are shipped by different companies depending on the size of your top as well as the delivery location.

Most often, we use Speedee Delivery Service and Fedex. Large sizes and bulk orders require us to use an LTL freight company.

If your products are being shipped via FedEx, please see FedEx's website to locate the Freight Center closest to you. Make sure the only service you have checked is "FedEx Freight" to ensure you’re choosing the right type of FedEx location. See picture below.

FedEx

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Do you offer a warranty on your products?

From sourcing our butcher block lumber, to sales, through delivery, Forever Joint Tops’ attention to quality, detail, and service provides a both better product and purchase experience, for “Quality that is Forever Yours.” This commitment extends even beyond the sale and delivery of your timeless butcher block top.

All Forever Joint Tops come with a two-year limited warranty that protects against any manufacturer defects. This does not cover damages that may occur from neglect, exposure to humidity, extreme temperatures, misuse of product or installation errors.

The warranty will cover the cost of the raw product only. Forever Joint Tops reserves the right to fully examine any claims regarding our products.

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What are your size limitations? Depth limit? Length limit?

For length, we have the ability to make a 26” deep butcher block top up to 144” (12’) long. 36" deep butcher block tops can be made up to 96” (8').

Regarding depth, we have the ability to produce up to 36” wide in a one-piece butcher block panel. For larger panels we put butterfly joints on the joint so that two panels can be joined together. This allows us to make up to 70” wide panels.

If you would like more information on butterfly joints, please contact Isaac at ikfjtops@gmail.com or 608-566-6903.

See also:

Will you cut my butcher block to a custom size?

What thickness options are available for your butcher block tops?

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What is edge-grain butcher block?

Edge grain butcher block (or “vertical grain”) uses the lumber in a way that creates a harder and more durable surface than a face grain surface. It is much less likely to bow or crack than face grain, especially with proper care.

Edge grain butcher block is produced by ripping kiln dried lumber and then gluing the strips back together on edge. This creates a top work surface with the growth rings exposed which creates a beautiful and much more durable top.

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What is face-grain butcher block?

Face grain is what most table tops are made from. They are wider staves glued together and show more of the grain pattern on the surface. The downfall is that the work-surface is more susceptible to scratches and denting because it exposes the softer fiber of the wood. This is why we do not use face grain for our butcher block tops.

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What is end-grain butcher block?

End grain is the porous end of lumber. The rings of tree growth are sometimes visible in parallel, stacked, or curved lines.

End grain surfaces are beautiful and durable, but end grain butcher block is more expensive. This makes end grain butcher block a good option for smaller butcher block products like our end grain butcher block cutting boards.

For large butcher block pieces, end grain butcher block durability versus edge grain butcher block is not substantial enough to justify the additional cost that would be incurred to our customers, so we use 100% edge grain butcher block for butcher block tops at Forever Joint Tops.

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What is end-grain butcher block?

Our lead time is 2-3 weeks. In most cases your top will be shipped in 7-10 days.

Thicker tops and large volume orders require additional lead time.

If time is of the essence for your project, contact Isaac at ikfjtops@gmail.com or 608-566-6903 to inquire about potential expedited shipping options. Expedited shipping cost will depend on the size of your top(s) as well as delivery location.

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How much is shipping? What does shipping cost?

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