Wood countertop samples are available for purchase ($2 plus $10 S&H on orders under $75).
Wood Countertops: Nature's Original
The very first surfaces used by man for food preparation and serving were made of stone, of course. But as humans progressed to walled domiciles and the kitchen replaced the fire pit as the hub of the family's universe, wood replaced stone as the natural choice for table and counter tops. While it's not as durable as stone, wood is certainly more practical, considering its weight, cutability and natural beauty.
Counter and Island Tops Made of Maple, Cherry, Oak and Walnut
Among the most popular tree species used in the making of wood counter tops are maple, cherry, oak and walnut. Maple, far and away, leads in popularity. It's the most affordable, due to its abundance, but its appearance is what wins over fans. Northern Hard Rock Maple features neutral colors that range from light to a moderate brown, making it suitable for almost any kitchen decor. If you're seeking a slightly darker shade of brown with a hint of red, then Appalachian Red Oak might be the way to go. Darker still is rich American Walnut. Or if you'd prefer a reddish hue, consider Amercian Cherry for rich-looking kitchen counters that will truly make a statement.
All of our Wood Counters are Butcher-Block Style
That means that they are constucted by thermo-bonding together rails of wood less than 2 inches wide. You can choose from three grain styles. Edge-grain counters are most popular due to their clean symmetry. Rails run the full length of the counter, so there are no short pieces and consequently, no seams running perpendicular to the major seams. Blended-grain counters utilize rails of varying sizes, so they do include seams running in both directions. This can make for an interesting, patchwork look, and helps make this grain most affordable among the three. Finally, there's end grain - the most expensive grain style. In end-grain counters, very short rails standing on their ends are bonded together, side by side. This delivers a checkerboard-like appearance that can be mesmerizing.