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Pictured is a 2 inch thick distressed plank style walnut kitchen island top with arno edge profile and satin polyurethane sealer.
Plank style construction is the lamination of wide planks of wood together to form the width of the countertop. Each board is the entire length of the countertop with the only glue joints running length wise. The individual boards range from 2 inch to 6 inch wide.
Upsides to plank style construction
Downsides to plank style construction
Edge grain construction is when the counters width is made up of 1-3/4 inch wide laminated strips. Many people also call this type of construction butcher block. The wood, in this case, has been rotated to a vertical position making the grain structure different than a plank style top. It produces a more linear look. Like plank style construction the wood slats are the entire length of the countertop.
Upsides to edge grain construction
Downsides to edge grain construction
End grain construction is made up of small blocks of wood turned on end and laminated together. This too is often referred to as butcher block because of it's durable work surface. It is the most intricately constructed countertop.
Upsides to end grain construction
Downsides to end grain construction
Do you have a project that has a lot of square footage? Would you like your kitchen island to look 3"-4" thick? A built up edge may be ideal for you.
We add a layer of wood to the bottom of a countertop giving it a much thicker look. Use this on plank and edge grain construction style tops.
With certain profiles we can even hide the seam in the profile so there is literally no way to tell it's not a solid top.