Red Oak Makes for Splendid Butcher Block Countertops
What distinguishes Appalachian Red Oak is its reddish tone and the similarity between the species’ heartwood and sapwood. As you might expect, red oak is slightly redder than white oak. Its heartwood – wood at the core of the tree – is slightly darker in color than its sapwood – wood found in the tree’s outer rings. The grain structure of red oak is open (i.e., porous) and slightly coarser than white oak. Overall, it’s a stiff and dense wood that resists regular wear and sharp blows well.
John Boos’ Butcher Block Legacy Dates Back to the Late 1800s
Boos & Co. makes these lovely and durable oak butcher block counter tops. They’ve been in business since the late 1800s. Along the way they’ve learned a thing or two about how to make all types of butchers’ blocks, including their increasingly popular wood countertops. The company's headquarters and manufacturing plants are located in Central Illinois.
These Oak Countertops Come in Different Sizes, Thicknesses and Grain Styles
If you can, try to make a standard-size oak countertop fit your new construction or remodel needs; they’re less expensive than custom-cut oak countertops and typically ship quicker than custom orders. But don’t fret; if you need a custom size you can get instant price quotes on made-to-order jobs in only a matter of minutes. Regardless whether you opt for a standard or custom-size oak countertop, you’ll have the option to choose between edge and blended-grain construction styles. Oak countertops in edge-grain style feature wood staves arranged to show off the wood’s “edge” grain – the edge of a wood plank vertically sourced from the tree. Each stave runs the full-length of the butcher board, whereas a blended-grain board incorporates oak rails of various lengths.
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