Wood can be a wonderful material for countertops. If you think of it, wooden table tops were the original kitchen counters. Of course, over the years other materials have taken over, but wood remains a beautiful material to use, even if judiciously, in your kitchen. Here in New Hampshire we are fortunate to have a wide variety of beautiful local woods available, plus the usual imported species available.
If your wood counter is to be used for cutting, a food-safe oil finish is imperative, and butcher block is specifically designed for this. If the counter is more for an eating surface or a desk top, then a sealed finish might be suitable. If the wood counter is going to be in a wet area, such as around a sink, then extra care in maintaining the finish will be necessary.
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The island has a raised seating counter with a heart pine wood top.
This Early American country style kitchen features three different colors of painted cabinetry.
Mahogany dry bar by Vintage Custom Cabinetry, with a small wine refrigerator.
The island includes a raised seating area with a Brazilian Cherry wood top -- known for its superior hardness and great color!
We used a great piece of old growth Butternut for this countertop.
The island features a broad walnut countertop with neatly shaped edges.
The heart pine wood top has butterfly dovetails at the mitered corner.
The owner had some great old wide boards left over from an earlier house project that included some unusual diagonal "dutchman" patches, which we decided to feature in the island countertop and several of the cabinets.
For this cozy breakfast table top, Vintage Custom Cabinetry used some very special wood which the owners had purchased back when they lived for a while in the Philippines. When they returned to NH, they had this wood shipped home, with the thought that someday...
Detail of the walnut island countertop.
The gorgeous highly figured Bubinga was finished with its original "live edge" featured.
The cabinets are a combination of Quality and our own shop in cherry.
The breakfast table with its pedestal base, as seen from another angle.
This incredible piece of "waterfall" figured Bubinga was wide enough to do both upper and lower countertops out of the same piece!
A convenient desk tucks into a corner of the kitchen.
A couple of ebony butterfly dovetail inlays create a nice touch of detail at the elevated cherry sitting counter...
Where the raised Brazilian Cherry counter turns the corner, the mitered joint is reinforced with inlaid butterfly dovetail keys.
Detail of the Welsh Cupboard with its heart pine wood top
Stopped chamfers and pegged and tenoned legs give the wood top a classic furniture feel.
The quarter-sawn oak wet bar includes an oak soffit that contains lighting and matches the angles of the bar.
The raised curved island top was made in our own shop, Vintage Custom Cabinetry, and featured butterfly dovetails at the miters.