Making Custom Wood Countertops & Butcher Block Tops since 2001

The Advantages Of Using J. Aaron Custom Wood Countertops

All wood tops are not created the same. 

Custom wood countertop with distressed finish

Designing A Custom 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 five steps. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Pick The 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 two ways we do it, each with its own look. We consider “wood countertops” to be made up of wide plank boards. This is a construction style called Plank Style construction. The second category is “butcher block” countertops. This is surface made up of Edge Grain glued boards.

Step 2: Pick A 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.

Step 3: Choose A Thickness

We make wood tops from 1-1/4″ up to 5-1/2″ thick. When designing a top that’s larger a thicker top is usually recommended but it all comes down to preference and budget. Our most common thickness in the plank style construction is 1-5/8″ and 1-3/4″ for the edge grain. 

Step 4: Pick An 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.

Step 5: Pick A Sealer

We offer two sealer options and one food grade oil finish. They are all a bit different in look and performance so take a good look at them before making a decision. If it help we love the Rubio Monocoat finish for all countertops. For tabletops, bar tops etc. it’s a toss up between the Monocoat and our varnish. 

That’s it for the main building blocks. 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. You can also download our Design Guide PDF to help you along the way.