Butcher block isn’t just for kitchen islands and cutting boards. At Maryland Wood Countertops, we create beautiful, functional butcher block table tops, with each one having unique characteristics. If conventional tabletops just don’t suit you, read on to learn about other options.

Why Choose Butcher Block Table Tops?

Example of Butcher Block Table TopsKitchen tables don’t have to be bland. When you choose butcher block as a wood construction style for your table, you:

  • Transform your kitchen
  • Get a one-of-a-kind piece
  • Acquire a versatile table top surface
  • Invest in a table that will age well

Whether you’re looking for a new table or redecorating your kitchen, butcher block is a great choice.

Butcher Block Table Tops: Behind the Construction Style

Edge grain butcher block is common for custom kitchen tables that will be used for food preparation. We build edge grain surfaces with long strips of wood torn from the board’s edge. We put the strips of wood together with industrial glue. At Maryland Wood Countertops, we guarantee that our butcher block surfaces will stand up to daily household use and food preparation.

Many cooks prefer edge grain butcher block because knife and cleaver blades sink into the wood instead of striking the surface. Striking the surface dulls blades. If you want to use your table as a food cutting surface, we suggest edge grain.

Sitting at the table while preparing a meal is an added benefit of butcher block. Edge grain construction minimizes the appearance of knife cuts. We use a food safe finish on all food-prep surfaces.

End grain is another common butcher block construction style. We use leftover wood to create end grain butcher block table tops. Our woodworking team shapes small pieces of wood into matching cubes, and then fit them together with the ends facing up. The end result is a durable, impressive dining table.

If you need help choosing between edge grain and end grain butcher block, the design team at Maryland Wood Countertops will assist you.

Butcher Block Table Tops: The Best Hardwoods

When choosing material for butcher block table tops, consider the following wood species, all of which are suitable choices:

Edge grain walnut surfaces consist of milky brown and pale yellow stripes. The dark walnut is the heartwood, the inner core of the tree. The pale stripes come from the sapwood, which is the outer layers of wood.

Maple’s colors are light and warm. Maple can have a rosy tone, or it can be a soft brown.

We have both new and reclaimed oak. New white oak is softer in color and texture than reclaimed oak. Reclaimed oak is the way to go if you want a rustic table top.

Cherry will add stylistic warmth to your kitchen and looks great when paired with lighter woods.

Reclaimed pine is a warm medium brown. Our woodworkers can finish it to look smooth and lustrous, or leave its natural distressed appearance untouched.

Beauty and Value

Custom butcher block table tops instantly transform your kitchen or dining room. They can give your kitchen the warm, homey ambiance you’ve always wanted. You can also give your formal dining room a unique element that will impress your guests.

Unlike mass produced furniture, our butcher block tables increase in beauty and value with age and use. They become prized family possessions that you can pass down to the next generation.

To learn more about butcher block or other wood design options to create a unique custom piece, call Maryland Wood Countertops today at 443-840-7373.