How to Customize Your Butcher Block Countertop

Butcher block countertops are popular options for those looking to upgrade their kitchen countertop. Homeowners love them for their durability, versatility, and rustic style.

One benefit of choosing a butcher block countertop is the ability to customize it to your kitchen layout and personal style and preferences. In addition to length, width, and thickness, Hardwood Lumber offers customization options such as custom cuts, edge details, stains and finishes, and more.

Here are a few ways to customize your butcher block countertop:

Wood Grain

There are three main wood grain categories that butcher block countertops fall into:

  • Edge Grain: The wood pieces are glued with edge grain facing up.
  • End Grain: End grain butcher block countertops are constructed with the end grain facing up.
  • Face Grain (Wide Plank): The wood pieces are glued with the top grain facing up.

Your choice of wood grain will lay the foundation for your countertop’s overall appearance. Wide plank displays the top grain of the wood and gives the countertop a singular, solid appearance. If you want extra depth or a creative combination, consider edge grain or end grain styles. Edge grain produces a “striped” appearance whereas end grain produces a “checkerboard” appearance.

Wood Species

Butcher block countertops are available in a wide variety of wood species. Hardwood Lumber stocks many domestic and exotic wood species and continually browses lumber yards for new species to add to its collection.

Popular wood species for countertops include:

  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cedar
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Character Cherry
  • Clear Cherry
  • Elm
  • Douglas Fir
  • Hickory
  • African Mahogany
  • Genuine Mahogany
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Poplar
  • Purpleheart
  • Red Oak
  • Sapele
  • Walnut
  • White Oak

Every wood species provides a unique aesthetic with the same warm, rustic appeal.

Wood Finish

In addition to wood grain and species, it’s important to carefully consider the finish for your butcher block countertop. The finish protects the countertop from warping and cracking and also adds to the overall appearance of the countertop.

Hardwood Lumber offers multiple wood countertop finish options. Popular finishes include:

  • Polyester (Full Fill) Finish
  • Acrylic Polyurethane Finish
  • Mineral Oil

Edge Details

Another crucial detail of the butcher block countertop appearance is the edge detail. As the name suggests, the edge detail is the shape or design of the countertop edge. It allows you to show your personal style and complement other elements of your kitchen.

There are many edge detail options for your butcher block countertop. Popular edge details include:


  • Radius
  • Bevel
  • Bullnose
  • Ogee
  • French Tradition
  • French Baroque
  • Roman Ogee
  • Cove and Bead
  • Wavy
  • Classic Moulding
  • Tabletop
  • Rustic
  • Faux Live Edge

Custom Cuts

Every kitchen is unique when it comes to size, design, and layout. This includes organization of sinks, stoves, and other appliances.

Custom cuts allow you to customize your butcher block countertop for all of your kitchen appliances. Hardwood Lumber specializes in custom cuts for sinks, stoves, and angles to create your perfect countertop.

Customize Your Countertop Today

Butcher block countertops are preferred by homeowners for their durability and natural warmth. Customization options allow you to make a countertop that perfectly fits your kitchen and unique preferences.

Hardwood Lumber specializes in high-quality butcher block countertops that look great and last for years. If you’re interested in upgrading your kitchen countertop, browse our selection of butcher block countertops today or contact our team to learn more about customization options.

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