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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We used a great piece of old growth Butternut for this countertop.
The cabinets are a combination of Quality and our own shop in cherry.
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...
The island has a raised seating counter with a heart pine wood top.
The island features a broad walnut countertop with neatly shaped edges.
Mahogany dry bar by Vintage Custom Cabinetry, with a small wine refrigerator.
The island is another Quality Custom Cabinetry piece in the same lighter tone as the hutch. It is topped with a solid walnut countertop.
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.
The breakfast table with its pedestal base, as seen from another angle.
This contemporary multi-level island features a central granite counter with two different wood tops.
Detail of the walnut island countertop.
The gorgeous highly figured Bubinga was finished with its original "live edge" featured.
A couple of ebony butterfly dovetail inlays create a nice touch of detail at the elevated cherry sitting counter...
A convenient desk tucks into a corner of the kitchen.
The raised curved island top was made in our own shop, Vintage Custom Cabinetry, and featured butterfly dovetails at the miters.
The new butler's pantry uses the same wood and details found in one of the original remaining cabinets.
Detail of tiger maple wood top
The heart pine wood top has butterfly dovetails at the mitered corner.
This incredible piece of "waterfall" figured Bubinga was wide enough to do both upper and lower countertops out of the same piece!
These Young Furniture laundry cabinets are topped with an antique heart pine countertop with a salvaged porcelain sink.
The quarter-sawn oak wet bar includes an oak soffit that contains lighting and matches the angles of the bar.
Detail of the Welsh Cupboard with its heart pine wood top
The island includes a raised seating area with a Brazilian Cherry wood top -- known for its superior hardness and great color!
The island serves many purposes, from the prep sink on one end to the table-styled seating at this end.
Stopped chamfers and pegged and tenoned legs give the wood top a classic furniture feel.
This Vintage Custom Cabinetry kitchen features cherry cabinets and fully "green" construction, including a zero VOC traditional oil finish, and no manufactured sheet stock -- just all local woods!
Where the raised Brazilian Cherry counter turns the corner, the mitered joint is reinforced with inlaid butterfly dovetail keys.