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WOODEN BUTCHERBLOCK COUNTERTOPS & TABLETOPS
Here at The Tree House Hardwoods & Millshop we pride ourselves in crafting high-quality and beautiful butcherblock countertops. All of our countertops are crafted using full-length strips without fillers or finger joints. We provide pre-made blanks for DIY projects in a number of species as well as full-service custom-made pieces tailored to your specifications, from templating all the way to installation of the finished top. Request your free quote today!
WHY A BUTCHERBLOCK COUNTERTOP?
Butcherblock countertops are perfect for a kitchen that gets a lot of use. They are sturdy, strong, and resilient when installed and maintained properly and can last decades. Besides their functionality, they also look and feel great. With an oil finish, a butcherblock countertop can be used as one big cutting board, however an oil finish also requires more maintenance to keep it in top-shape. If you are looking for something that looks great that you don't plan to cut on, we also offer spray on finishes that require almost no maintenance.
THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR DIY
As with all DIY projects, there are some things that you will need to know before taking on this endeavor. We HIGHLY recommend that you do not take on this project unless you feel confident with your woodworking and carpentry skills. Additionally, it is important that when performing a self-installation you leave enough room for the wood to expand and contract without resistance. Differing levels of heat and humidity will also affect the movement of the wood, ideally the room would have consistently mild temperatures and around 35% to 45% humidity. Really dry environments, like by a wood stove, can cause stability issues with wide swings in humidity throughout the year. Because our blanks come unfinished, we are unable to offer a warranty on them as the finishing process plays an important role in the quality of the final product.
If the task of working and finishing one of our blanks seems a little too daunting, we also provide entirely custom-made butcherblock designed by you, for you. We'll do all the work, you just tell us how you'd like it. We'll even come and install it for you when we're done!
While our most popular wood species for butcherblock are Hard Maple, Cherry, and Walnut we can craft our countertops in just about any specie of hardwood. If you would like to see what types of wood we offer come visit us at one of our locations or view our lumber price lists here.
FACE, EDGE, OR END GRAIN?
One Thing to consider with a butcherblock is which type of grain you would like for the surface of the countertop. There are three different options: face grain, edge grain, or end grain. The grain style of your countertop ultimately comes down to your personal preference. Edge and face grain countertops are the most common, and look amazing. End grain on the other hand is a bit more decorative, and is the traditional style of butcherblock used by chefs. All three styles of grain look great and all have the same functionality.
Our default edge style is an eased edge, however we can provide a number of different styles upon request. Eased and square edges come free of charge, however any other type of edge will incur an extra cost. Our radius edge comes at a radius of 1/4 inch profile. For more profile options call or email us.
Corners are typically either squared or radiused. We can do radius corners with a radius of anywhere between 1/2 inch to 3 inches. We can also provide square edges upon request. If you have any questions or a request please call or email us.
We can do cutouts for both over- and under- mount sinks as well as drop-in stoves. We do not recommend using an undermount sink with wooden countertops as the exposure of end grain in wet environments can cause issues. We can, and often do, prep for undermount sinks, but we are not able to warranty the work. Besides sink and stove we can do cutouts for just about anything else. If you have a question about a potential cutout, just shoot us an email or give us a call and we'll let you know if its doable.
We are capable of doing mitered corners for your butcherblock countertops. We join our miters using metal undermounted fasteners to ensure that they are the highest quality joints possible that will remain tight for a very long time.
Because of the challenges in working with large pieces, any piece over 40 inches in width or 12 feet in length is considered oversized. Oversized pieces will incur additional charges based on the amount of work hours and material required to complete the project. If you need an oversized countertop please let us know well in advance of its required due date so that we can schedule accordingly.
We finish-ready sand our butcherblock countertops to 180 grit with an orbit sander on its face and all finished edges before we apply the finish.
FINISHING SERVICES & FINISHES
We offer two finishing options:
1. Hand-rubbed Tung Oil
2. Spray on Sealant
If you order a custom butcherblock from us your countertop can come finished with at least 3 coats of Low Lustre Polymerized Tung Oil made by Sutherland Welles Ltd.®, another great Vermont company located in North Hyde Park. Tung Oil is a non-edible nut oil, and once it is cured it is considered inert. It won’t leach out of the wood and cannot be re-liquified, thus considered to be food safe for contact exposure. The Tung Oil used by Sutherland Welles Ltd.® comes from nuts off sustainable plantation grown Tung trees. This finish is both environmental and finisher friendly. This finish will require occasionally reapplication in order to ensure its functionality.
For a full guide on properly maintaining a food-grade surface with this finish please visit this link on the company's website.
If you would rather we use a non-oil based finish we can also apply a DuraVar sealant finish that does not need to be reapplied, however this finish is not recommended if you intend to use your countertop as a food-prep surface.
TEMPLATING, INSTALLATION, & DELIVERY
Templating refers to the process of creating a template of the area where the countertop will be installed in order to get the exact measurements of the space as well any locations of cutouts, ect. The templating process takes roughly 1-2 hours and requires a member of our team as well as you, the customer, to be there in order to ensure it comes out properly. We will need exact specifications of the cutout, which should be supplied by the sink or stove manufacturer.
After the area has been properly templated and the countertop is completed to your specifications we will contact you to set up a time to install the countertop.
For a full description of this process please review the templating and installation form here. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please fell free to call or email us!
To help us understand what you're looking for, please use this form to sketch a quick picture of the layout of your countertop and what will be around it. Here is an example of what the sketch should look like.
In order to ensure that your countertop stays in best possible condition, some cleaning and maintenance is recommended. When cleaning, we recommend that you use warm water and a soapy sponge to wipe down the countertop, just make sure water does not pool or puddle on the surface. We DO NOT recommend using any harmful kitchen cleaners that may contain bleach. Additionally, avoid using oil soaps when cleaning as it can leave a gummy residue on the surface of the finish.
The amount of maintenance required for your countertop depends on the type of finish you use. Here at The Tree House we offer two types of finishes: Sutherland Welles' Ltd.® Botanical Polymerized Tung Oil and ML Campbell's DuraVar Plus Sealed Finish. The finish you use is up to you. Sutherland Welles' Tung Oil finish is a Vermont-made product that is food-safe and great for food preparation, but requires occasional reapplication. DuraVar Plus is a one-and-done sealant finish that, while not recommended for food prep, looks great and provides great protection.
In order to ensure warranty, it is very important that the top was properly maintained according to the rules above.
We warrant our products for defects in material and craftsmanship. We warrant that your countertop will be free of defects upon arrival or pickup. If it appears to be defective or damaged, you must notify us by phone or email within three days of receipt. If it is determined to have defects in material or workmanship, or to have suffered damage during shipment, it might need to be returned to us for repair or replacement, at our discretion.
Please download and read in full our entire warranty before considering to go forward with your order.