Contrary to popular belief, butcher block isn’t just for the kitchen. A butcher block desk made from quality hardwoods is functional and attractive. It provides a unique way to add an artistic touch to your office. It can also be a great choice for a desk in your workshop.
What Are the Different Construction Styles of Butcher Block?
When it comes to the construction style of a butcher block desk, there are two primary options.
- End grain butcher block consists of cubes of wood. The ends form the surface. Depending on the type of hardwood, the surface can be busy or muted.
- Edge grain butcher block is created from long pieces torn from the sides of planks. The edges of the pieces face up, forming a striped surface.
End grain butcher block is very hard. It can also be quite heavy depending on the size of the piece. Edge grain butcher block gives a desktop a casual, natural appearance.
Butcher Block Desk Styles
Edge grain butcher block is popular for computer desks and drafting tables. It’s sturdy and versatile. You can choose muted, warm or contrasting woods.
Most butcher block computer desks have simple steel legs. This clean, contemporary look helps you create a relaxing study environment. It can be the perfect graduation gift for a college-bound student.
Waterfall desks have wood tops and sides. Edge grain butcher block usually have stripes that appear to flow down the sides of the desk. Waterfall desks often have one open side with metal supports.
An L-shaped waterfall desk makes a great impression in a reception area. Woodworkers can conceal the front opening with a variety of materials. This gives your employees privacy, hides wires and cords, and creates storage space.
Variations on Traditional Desks
If you like your office to feel open but also want a solid desk, consider a butcher block top. Recently, we built an impressive walnut end grain desk for a client. Walnut’s natural color range makes it perfect for end grain butcher block.
The legs or base of your desk are up to you, as are all the other wood design options. Designers and woodworkers at Maryland Wood Countertops find that steel supports heavy butcher block effectively. Wood and metal also give your office a professional, contemporary atmosphere. Our craftspeople are experts at combining metal, wood and glass into beautiful, functional piece of furniture.
Does Butcher Block Make a Good Desk Top?
Our finished butcher block is smooth with a subtle gloss. As with any wood desk, you should use a desk blotter when writing. The nature of butcher block’s construction disguises nicks and dings. As your your butcher block desk ages, it will acquire a handsome patina.
Maryland Wood Countertops specializes in butcher block desk top solutions. If you’re interested in a beautiful, one-of-a-kind desk for your home or office, call us today at 443-840-7373.