Wood Countertops & Butcher Block Tops

  • Custom Made in 1-2 Weeks
  • Great With Sinks
  • Easy Order Process
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Custom Made Wood Countertops & Butcher Block Tops

  • Fast Turnaround Times
  • Easy Order Process
  • Shipped Nation Wide
  • Great With Sinks

Why Order Your Wood Countertop From J. Aaron?

At J. Aaron we specialize in making high quality custom wood countertops. We’ve been doing only that since 2001. We strive to make every project our best yet, both in product quality and the service we offer. If you decide to do business with us we’re confident you’ll be over the moon with the overall process and your new wood countertop.

Designing A Wood Countertop

There are many options to pick from when it comes to wood countertops. Wood species, thickness, construction styles, edge profiles, finish, textures, knife slots or no knife slots! They can overwhelm at first glance. We’re going to simplify this process of selection by breaking it down into sections. Let’s get started!

Wood Species

This is simply choosing what wood you like the look of. Is it a dark walnut or maybe a reddish mahogany. By visiting our Wood Species page you’ll start to learn more about the woods you do and don’t like. Don’t worry about picking “The One” right now, just take a look and see if anything jumps out at you.

We also have a blog post on the subject.

Construction Style

Because there are no boards in the world wide enough to make a wood countertop out of just one board we use several boards glued together to make up the width. There are three ways we can do it, each with its own look. These are the construction styles.

Sealer

There are two sealer options available for our wood countertops. They both do a great job of sealing the wood but in different ways and each with a different look and feel. Learn all about it by visiting our wood countertop sealers page.

We also have a blog post on the subject.

Edge Profile

All countertops have visible edges and we offer several choices for you, the designer, to pick from. Square and simple, large and ornate or just something to add a little detail. They’re all here on our Edge Profiles page so have some fun picking one or two you like.

Thickness

We offer wood countertops from 1-1/4″ thick up to 5-3/4″ thick but the most common and our standard thickness is 1-3/4″. Typical stone countertops are 1-1/4″ thick so our standard thickness is approximately 1/2″ thicker giving it a nice beefy look. When getting a quote you’ll need to make a call as to the thickness as this can effect the price.

That’s it for the main building blocks of a wood countertop. There are more fun features to pick from so if you’re up to it head on over to our Design Options page and check them all out.

Now With A Transferable LIFETIME Warranty

At J. Aaron we make the finest wood countertops and butcher block countertops available anywhere. Our process is proven. Our materials are the best. Our people love what they do and stand by it. So starting in 2017 we are offering a transferable LIFETIME warranty to prove our tops are the finest in the industry.

From Our Blog

Reclaimed Wood Countertops

Reclaimed wood with all it's character is a great choice for table tops as well as kitchen counters. This oversized table of 3 inch thick reclaimed heart pine is a great example. Reclaimed Wood Countertops and Tables Are A Unique Blend of Beauty and Character. Clean lines with the emphasis on the material is a big trend in kitchen and dining design. The inherent beauty of wood with an element of history makes reclaimed wood an attractive option. An old freight car floor is transformed into [...]

Supporting Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are growing in popularity. They offer durability, beauty and function but they do require a slightly different approach to support than stone and other solid surfaces. Being an organic material, solid hardwood continues to react to changes in temperature and humidity long after the trees are harvested and the lumber transformed into the final product. Wood is most comfortable in about the same environment we prefer. A relatively constant temperature and a humidity level of around 45 to 55 percent is great for people and their countertops.Principles Of [...]

Extra Options in Wood Countertops

Wood countertops are a premium choice in the kitchen. They cost a bit more than many other materials and they're well worth it just for their basic qualities of warmth, durability and classic good looks. And you can have them customized to your specific needs. The most common options are drain boards, trivets, knife slots, drop holes and electrical grommets. All are extremely useful and add functionality where you really need it. The right sealer makes the wood drain board impervious to water. One side or [...]

Wood Countertops With Sinks

One of the most common questions we get is, "Can I install a sink in my wood countertop without causing damage?" People are worried about water damaging the wood. The issue isn't the wood but the sealer that's used. With the right product wood and water are totally compatible. If a customer wants a sink in a wood countertop we can assure them that it's fine. J. Aaron wood countertops are completely sealed against water damage along with many common household chemicals. You can have the top you [...]

Steps To Buying A Wood Countertop For Your Kitchen Or Bath

Buying a custom hardwood countertop involves making some decisions and simple logistics. Many of the design decisions like wood species, edge profiles, etc. are covered within the Design Options section of our website. Here we're going to go over the step-by-step process of buying a wood countertop. It may seem challenging to choose from among the many species of wood, construction styles, sealers and edge profiles,  but we do all we can to make it easy, worry free, and maybe even fun. Step 1 Getting a preliminary quote. For this all you need are general dimensions. Nothing at this stage [...]

Are Exotic Wood Countertops Ever A Responsible Choice

Does the harvesting of these logs have a positive or negative effect on the environment? We hear so much about the destruction of tropical rainforests. So when we remodel or build is it ever OK to choose exotic wood countertops? The more I’ve researched the issue the more complex the answer becomes. There is good news buried under the dire headlines. Since the mid twentieth century regulation of tropical logging has been evolving to become a force for conservation and sustainability. Entities such as the Convention of [...]

Are Hardwood Countertops a Durable Choice for the Kitchen

Antique butcher block served for years in a shop and now has been reinvented as a kitchen island. Provided by www.yakimamagazine.com Hardwood countertops should be sealed using a product suited to the use of the surface. If actual food prep is taking place, a mineral oil sealer is used while other options are available for areas coming in contact with water or used primarily for serving. Wood is probably the oldest building product there is and has served in homes for as long as man has built [...]

Hidden Countertop Support

Wood countertops can be great for kitchen islands or peninsula style countertops with eat at overhangs of 12" or more. Don't let corbels, legs or other form of visible support get in the way. Now there are solutions for this age old design issue. Option one is we can under route 2" x 1" "U" channel steel bars into the bottom of the countertop giving it all the support it'll ever need. It is flush with the bottom of the countertop and visible only when looking up at the [...]

Do Wood Countertops Harbor Bacteria?

It’s a common myth out there that wood can harbor bacteria more so than say a plastic cutting board. It’s been shown that many woods are actually hostile environments for bacteria and can be naturally antibacterial. But let’s use a commercial butchers shop as a real world example. They have to pass frequent and strict tests to maintain operations and they almost exclusively use butcher block as their surface of choice. It doesn’t dull their knives and is easy to clean. As an extra precaution clean cutting boards or [...]

The Pros and Cons of Using Reclaimed Wood

Using reclaimed wood in the home has been popular since the 1980s, but only in the last few years have we seen such a surge in this green remodeling design idea. Reclaimed wood is wood that finds a second life as your new kitchen countertops (or a variety of other uses) after being reclaimed from a barn, factory, warehouse or other old structure. There are many benefits of installing reclaimed wood countertops in your kitchen, but there are also aspects of this material that make it less suitable for certain [...]

Understanding Wood Countertop Colors

When selecting a wood countertop from a sample you need to understand that the 5”x7” sample represents only a small fraction of not only a full size countertop but also the stick of wood it came from and then in a very broad sense the species of wood it is. There is also issue of oxidation, the darkening of wood from oxygen and UV light. This absolutely affects the color of the sample your working off of as it may be months or years old. The variation of color in [...]

Choosing a Wood Countertop Sealer

The way you use your countertop will tell you what sealer you'll need. There are three main wood sealers that are used on J. Aaron wood countertops. When you hear or read something about a wood finish that can be referring to the sealer or the overall finish of the wood including things like color if a stain is used. For this conversation we'll consider the finish to be just the sealer. The first step in choosing a finish is to decide what you want to do [...]

Wood Countertops With Undermount Sinks

"Is it OK to have an undermount sink in a wood countertop?" has to be the most asked question we get. Well, the answer is yes. J. Aaron wood countertops are sealed to protect them from water and other typical household liquids. It has a lot to do with the type of sealer used. Rubio Monocoat, tung-oil and the 2K polyurethane have the protective quality's needed to prevent water damage from occurring, even with the constant presence of water wet areas like sinks are subjected to. Along with these [...]

FAQ’s

Yes it is. There are guidelines for installing gas ranges for all countertops and those guidelines are the same for wood countertops and butcher block tops. Follow those and everything will work very nicely. They can be found in your installation manual for the range.

Yes, all the woods can be stained. This is useful when wanting to move the color a little or go from blond to dark. We don’t have standard stain colors like some cabinets companies though. All the staining we do is a custom color to match a provided sample.

All the blond woods have the best price point. Hard maple, hickory, oak, ash and beach. Hickory is our favorite wood period. It is extremely hard and the color shifts make for a very attractive counter.

The plank construction style is the best value in wood countertops. It has the lowest scrap rate and it’s easier to assemble the the slab.

In this time of constricted budgets we find that many homeowners and trade professionals alike want to know how much a wood countertop or butcher block costs when compared to stone or other material. The simple answer is, it can vary.

That’s a very frustrating answer to a straightforward question, we know. For example if you asked your mechanic how much to fix my car with no other information it would be difficult to estimate because there are so many variables to consider. The best way to find out is to call us at 866-583-4200 or go to our Get A Quote page and fill out the short form. We’re usually very quick to turn your quote around and then you’ll know exactly where you stand.

Ways to save money when ordering a wood countertop.

  • We offer tops that are made from mostly 3/4″ thick material with added built up edges to give you a thicker look. They are just as durable and if you don’t know how it’s made you can’t tell it’s not solid. The down side to this is the labor so it provides a great value for larger tops but can actually cost more for smaller tops.
  • You can measure and install the top yourself. Check out the video below to see how easy it is.
  • If you’re ready to take on more of a project you can order a DIY wood countertop. Learn how to finish a DIY wood countertop.

Some woods have more knots than others but most have some. When we put together a top we remove as many of these as possible but most tops will still have a few. These are part of counter top’s character and are not considered defects. If you prefer your counter top has no knots please specify that when getting a quote.

Yes, this is normal. Throughout the year as humidity levels change glue joints may start to have a texture to them. This does not mean they are coming apart. It is simply the natural movement of wood.

Wood has texture and it will vary from board to board and even within the same board. Wood grain will be denser in some areas and more open in others. This is typical of all woods and is not considered a defect.

Wood, as you know, is a natural product. Unless requested we do not stain our countertops like most cabinet companies or furniture manufactures. This means that if you’re working from one of our samples the actual product you get can vary in color. Color consistency within a top is important to us and we sort lumber and hand select each board that goes into any given top.

Many people are familiar with a wood surface in the form of a table top or piece of furniture. Most of these, even very high end pieces, are made of laminated plywood and veneer. This is done because it is very structurally stable, meaning it moves little in changing climates. A solid wood counter is different. It is made up of large volume planks of wood that can expand and contract up to a ¼” throughout the year. This can causes glue joints to have very slight texture and can cause a top to warp if it’s not properly sealed and secured to its base. These are all natural movements which don’t compromise the structure or durability and are not to be considered defects in the top.

As we all know, wood is a 100% rapidly renewable resource. Pritzker Prize winning Austrian architect and AIA Gold Medalist Glenn Murcutt said “One of the few sustainable materials is timber”. In the production of our wood countertops we use wood from sustainably harvested forests with much of it certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This process is still in its infancy so not all lumber is certified due to complications in the procedures and storage of the lumber. In efforts to go beyond this we offer Lyptus, a brand name lumber which is 100% sustainably grown in special forests. Even the mills that process the boards are operated on the unusable remnants of the trees. We also offer reclaimed lumber which has been gathered from construction tear downs and  river beds.

 

Are you an architect or specifier? Would you like to learn more about the sustainability of wood? Here’s a great PDF resource from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Products Laboratory.

Many people ask us how durable are wood countertops are?  To answer this completely we need to include scratch resistance, impact resistance, stain resistance and water resistance. When you think about it, a kitchen countertop has to deal with a lot in an average day. Having a sink in the top adds to the potential issues.

Lets break this down and deal with the elements of the question individually.

Scratch Resistance Of Wood Countertops

Scratch resistance of a wood countertop is determined by a couple of things. If the wood is sealed with a sealer like the Monocoat, it’s only as scratch resistant as the wood itself. Because Monocoat is an oil finish that is absorbed by the wood it doesn’t have a “shell” that protects against scratching. It can, however, easily be re-oiled occasionally to maintain its water barrier.

If a topical sealer like conversion varnish or polyurethane is used the scratch resistance goes up significantly. Still not as resistant as stone, but if you do get a scratch it’s easy to repair with products like Howard Restor A Finish.

Impact Resistance Of Wood Countertops

Impact resistance is much the same as scratch resistance, in that a top sealed with a penetrating oil will only be as hard as the wood. You can find ratings on woods’ hardness here. Topical sealers will greatly improve this rating by penetrating the woods fibers, hardening and thus reinforcing the wood.

Stain & Water Resistance Of Wood Countertops

Stain and water resistance go hand in hand and are both dependent on the sealer used. The glue used also plays a role in water resistance.Topical sealers will always perform the best for this. Older topical sealers would occasionally peel, allow water rings to appear or, in some cases, completely smother the woods natural texture. New technology has solved those problems. At J. Aaron we use a high quality polyurethane that soaks deep into the wood’s fibers and literally becomes part of the wood. There is nothing that can make them peel, they will never be affected by water or any other common household liquid and do not smother the natural texture of the wood. There are some solvents you need to be careful of. Acetone which is present in fingernail polish remover, is one of these. Penetrating oils like tung-oil and Monocoat are great sealers as well, but don’t have quite the protective qualities as a good topical sealer. The Monocoat is superior to tung-oil. At J. Aaron we’re completely confident in it to provide a very good seal even on countertops with undermount sinks.

BIG PICTURE

Wood is not as hard as granite or quartz countertops. That’s part of its character. If you want your kitchen or bathroom countertop to look the same 5-10 years from now you do not want wood, or marble or stainless steel for that matter. Wood is unique in that blemishes form a patina. Like a leather chair, wood countertops gain character as they grow older. Time and use adds rather than subtracts from their overall appearance. Enjoy the process and don’t worry about small nicks and scratches.

No. We recommend using a trivet instead. You can damage the finish and/or the wood if the pan is too hot.

Yes. Our countertops are sealed to protect them against water damage.

You may if your surface is sealed with mineral oil. Chopping and cutting food directly on a wood counter with other sealers isn’t recommended.

Yes. During different times of the year they will move or change dimension. This is a natural fact of solid wood. Remember that we are not talking about plywood, which makes up virtually all wood furniture. Plywood has a much reduced reactivity to climate change.

They can developed small cracks or checks. These are not considered defects as solid wood will do this naturally. They rarely become structural problems and if desired can easily be repaired by the home owner.

They can warp at times due to changes in the humidity levels. This is not a problem if you follow recommended installation directions.

No. There is no good evidence that wood harbors more bacteria than plastic. There is evidence that many woods actually kill bacteria. Have you visited a real butcher shop of late? Do you see the butcher cutting the choice pieces of meat on granite or stone? No, the butcher uses what his profession has used for centuries – wood – butcher block. And his health inspection certificate behind his counter verifies the ease of clean up and disinfecting.

Give & Save

At J. Aaron we want to give back. Donate to any one of these charities and we will deduct your donation of up to $200 off your order.

All the charities below are A+ rated by CharityWatch.
Learn all the details here.

Homeowner, Interior Designer, or Contractor?

Homeowner, Interior Designer, or Contractor?

Get updates on new products, blog posts, finishes and instructional videos

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Call Now
Directions