Wood countertop options can overwhelm people at first glance. Wood species, thickness, construction styles, edge profiles, finish, textures, knife slots or no knife slots!

Let's take it one piece at a time and have some fun. 

Wood Species

 
Plank Hard MapleHard Maple
Plank WalnutWalnut
Edge Grain HickoryHickory
Edge Grain Sapele MahoganySapele
Plank American CherryCherry
Belita Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Belita)
Jaffa Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Jaffa)
kama Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Kama)
Charu Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Charu)

Wood Species

Plank Hard MapleHard MaplePlank WalnutWalnutEdge Grain HickoryHickory
Edge Grain Sapele MahoganySapelePlank American CherryCherryBelita Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Belita)
Jaffa Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Jaffa)kama Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Kama)Charu Weathered Wood FinishWeathered White Oak (Charu)

Construction Styles

There are no boards wide enough to produce a wood countertop so they have to be glued together to produce the desired width. At J. Aaron we offer two construction styles, plank style and edge grain. They both have different looks and capability’s.

Along with the two construction styles we offer breadboard ends and built up edges. Read all about them below. 

Plank Style

Plank construction illustration.

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

  • It is considered the most decorative construction style because of its grain movement. Some people consider this almost a furniture style wood countertop, though it is very durable and holds up well in even harsh kitchens.
  • It is priced the best because it requires less work and less scrap than the other two styles.

Downsides to plank style construction

  • It is limited to 1-5/8 inch thick for many species, though some can go up to 2-1/8 inch thick.
  • Mineral oil can not be used on this style of countertop as it puffs the grain and makes the surface feel furry.
  • Does not make a good butcher block.

Edge Grain (butcher block)

Edge grain construction style for butcher block countertops

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

  • It has a harder work surface than the plank style top because the grain structure is tighter. This makes for a great cutting surface and food prep area.
  • Thickness is not dictated by the available thickness of the available lumber. We can make tops from 1 1/4 inch thick up to 5 1/2 inch thick.

Downsides to edge grain construction

  • It is more expensive than a plank style top because more scrap is produced in the making of it and there is more labor involved.

Bread Board Ends

Cherry countertop with bread board ends

Breadboard ends add a unique look to any countertop or table top. They can be applied to plank style and edge grain style tops.

Available Sizes

There is traditionally no issues with making an island top 12′ long or longer with no seam. Width can be anything you like but length is affected by the wood species board length availability.

Thickness Availability

Large butcher block countertop with waterfall end

Island tops started at 3cm in the plank style construction format and can go up to 5″ in the the edge grain construction style. To achieve a thicker look while keeping cost under control we can apply a stacked or drop miter edge.