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Here at Forever Joint Tops, we design butcher block countertops from 100% American-grown wood. If you are thinking of renovating your kitchen, butcher block countertops are one of the most popular countertop designs available. Here are 3 ideas for how to enhance your kitchen with butcher block.
Why choose our company for butcher block countertops?
Butcher block countertops are specifically designed to withstand daily use from chopping, cutting, and general food preparation. They are even gentle on your knife blades and can easily hide small cuts and scratches from use.
In fact, studies have shown that the naturally occurring properties found in hardwoods are more sanitary for food preparation when compared with plastic surfaces, particularly as the countertop ages. This is another reason why homeowners choose to invest in a quality wood butcher block countertop. For more information, read our article about why you should choose butcher block for your next home project.
It's time to invest in your dream kitchen! Whether it's a dining room table, kitchen island, or office desk, you can make your dining or office space look beautiful.
First of all, you’ll need to know that there are various styles, designs, and materials to choose from in wood types like maple, oak, hickory, cherry, birch, and walnut.
With our butcher block customization services, we also can help you choose the corner radius for your top. All our butcher block tops are 1 1/2” thick. Additionally, our Cut-To-Size Program helps to save you the effort of trying to get your top to fit. We will cut your custom butcher block piece according to your desired sizing and shape. You will get an accurate finished size within 1/8”.
You’ll want to choose the type of wood that will best complement the color scheme and style of your overall kitchen. Please view each wood type below to get an idea of what your kitchen can look like. Popular options include hard maple, red oak, walnut, and hickory.
Looking for maple butcher block wood countertops?
Possibly the most popular of the four kinds of wood we offer, maple is a harder wood that is both affordable and beautiful. Here's why maple butcher block countertops might be your preferred choice:
Since it is hardwood, maple also provides a lot of resistance to abrasion, making it a practical choice. It also finishes well, creating a beautiful focal point for your home. Maple works for many different styles of kitchen, especially modern kitchens.
Contact Forever Joint Tops for beautiful, custom maple wood countertops!
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Another popular choice is the slightly darker red oak butcher block. Coming from the Red Oak tree that is grown in Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada, this beautiful wood is heavy and strong and has a little more prominent grain pattern than maple.
Benefits of oak butcher block counter tops include:
The durability, beauty, and warmth of red oak will make it a perfect choice in your kitchen countertops, islands, tables, dining areas, and other areas of your home. In addition to kitchens, red oak is an excellent choice for commercial applications like bars, restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars, etc. Red oak is even easy to stain in your own color of choice. Easily one of the most popular woods available, please reach out to our professionals for custom oak countertops!
If you prefer deep wood coloration for your kitchen or dining area, then walnut butcher block is going to be your best bet! (pictured here). Walnut countertops can range from light brown to a deep chocolate color. At Forever Joint Tops, all our walnut wood is steamed to help create a more uniform colored product.
With walnut, you get:
Have questions about our walnut countertops? Please reach out to our butcher block countertop installations experts and we can help you with the customization process. You can shop our current in-stock butcher blocks, or you can customize your own. More here on what you need to know before installing butcher block.
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If you’re looking for a character wood with bold flowing grain patterns and unique variations in color, then hickory is your choice of wood! It is an exceptionally hard and heavy wood, so your butcher block countertop is sure to last for many years to come.
With hickory wood, you'll enjoy:
Browse online for hickory countertops for a brand new and unique look for your kitchen, dining room, or living area. Our hickory countertops will last you for many years!
Need a specific dimension for your wood countertop? Forever Joint Tops is your source for beautiful custom butcher block countertops. Custom butcher block countertops are best for when you are looking custom, rather than stock countertop solutions. With decades of experience crafting custom butcher blocks, you can rely on our experts to create a design you'll love.
If you need a custom butcher block countertop, please reach out to our team today. Our computerized CNC will provide a highly accurate cut. Get pricing today!
What is a butcher block countertop? A butcher block is simply a countertop or kitchen island designed from solid hardwood strips or squares. It is used for cutting and chopping food, however, it is best known for bringing style and elegance to kitchens and other areas of the home. If uncertain, our experts will help you choose the wood and style of butcher block that will best suit your countertops.
For proper butcher block countertop installation, you should first acclimate your butcher block to the conditions of your home. Next, prep your cabinets and install the blocking if your cabinet has an open top. If you instead have a cabinet with closed tops, you should install furring strips with ¼” plywood instead. Next, prep your installation points, position the countertop appropriately for installation, and then condition, add mineral oil, or seal your butcher block. We recommend permanently sealing your butcher block using Waterlox® to seal the wood’s surface. If you have specific questions about the installation process, contact the professionals at Forever Joint Tops for assistance. Read more here about butcher block installation.
We recommend using the Waterlox® brand. To apply Waterlox®, first apply the initial coat and let it dry overnight. For the second coat, simply repeat the first step and let the second coat dry until the third day. The third step is to lightly sand the surface of the butcher block with a 320-grit sandpaper to smooth out the finish. The fourth step is to apply the first coat of sealer, finish, satin, or high gloss. The following day, repeat the process of lightly sanding, and then apply the final coat of topcoat. Read more information here about finishing your butcher block.
To get started with cleaning your butcher block island tops and wood countertops, you will need dish soap, a sponge, fine-grit sandpaper, lemon juice, white vinegar, salt, a small bowl, and a dish towel. You can use mild dish soap for cleaning. However, if something is stuck on the butcher block surface, scrape off any residue and scrub until the surface is clean. Use a nylon scraper or a plastic scrubbing sponge since they are less likely to cause cosmetic damage than a metal tool. Then, rinse off the wood. Next, if there are any stains, work those out using a fine-grit sandpaper. You can also use table salt and lemon juice to remove stains. Next, use white vinegar to sanitize and help remove bacteria embedded in the wood by applying with a dish towel. Lastly, apply a mixture of salt and lemon juice, which acts as a disinfectant. Read more info here on our how to clean butcher block page.
You may be wondering what your butcher block countertop(s) will cost. As you have probably guessed, butcher block countertops cost will depend on size, customization style, edge grain vs end grain, and wood type, among other factors. For example, walnut wood is more expensive than maple or oak. Increasing the thickness of your butcher block will also add an additional cost to your overall countertop price.
Other factors may include custom sizes and sink cutouts. You'll want to determine your budget and research wood type, thickness, customization, cutouts, installation process, etc. For a quote, please contact Forever Joint Tops by giving us a call at (608) 566-6903, or by visiting our order page.
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What makes our company stand out from the competition? For over 50 years, Forever Joint Tops has been in the business perfecting our craft of designing butcher block countertops and kitchen islands in beautiful hardwood. For the many years we have been open, we are proud to provide our clients with top-notch craftsmanship and quick, reliable customer service.
Forever Joint Tops is committed to "Quality that is Forever Yours." With more than 50 years of experience crafting oak, walnut, maple, or hickory butcher blocks, we are committed to not only providing a beautiful finished product, but also to developing a relationship with our customers. We strive for excellence in everything that we do!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team today for butcher block countertops cost, sizing, care, shipping, and more information. Please read our testimonials, which attest to our commitment to high quality!
Great quality custom size butcher block top and received very quickly even during the holidays. Process was simple to order online. Would definitely order from again.
~ LR 22
Super easy group to work with. Answered all my questions. Lots of size options and custom options available as well. Got my top yesterday. Looks great. Quality seems great as well. Can’t wait to set it up and start using it.
~ M. Ebert