- Edge Grain Countertop Construction
Edge Grain countertops are made with long continuous strips of wood that are glued with the edge grain facing up. A water-resistant glue is used for all wood countertops. The width of each strip typically measures 1-1/16”. Edge Grain Countertops can be produced in any thickness up to 4-1/2” thick. Edge grain can often be confused with blended style countertops. This idea comes from the fact that blended countertops also use long strips, however, their strips are finger jointed, meaning they use multiple strips to make up the length of the board. This differs drastically from edge grain because edge grain countertops use one long continuous strip for each length of the board. While this makes them more expensive to manufacture, they are generally stronger than blended countertops.
- End Grain Countertop Construction
End grain butcher block countertops are constructed using small blocks of wood each with the end grain facing up. A water-resistant glue is used for all wood countertops. The size of each end grain block measures 1-1/2" x 1-1/2". End grain butcher block countertops. can be produced in any thickness up to 4-1/2” thick. End grain countertops are unique in both their style and their shape due to their unique composition.
- Wide Plank Countertop Construction
Wide Plank countertops are constructed with solid, wide wood pieces that are glued with their face grain facing up. A water-resistant glue is used for all wood countertops. The width of each plank varies between 4" to 6". Wide Plank countertops can be produced in any thickness up to 1-3/4" thick. The max thickness in other constructions styles is much higher because Wide Plank boards that display the face depend on the thickness of the board of wood it comes from. Edge grain and End grain do not have this restriction because they do not display the face grain, and as such they can use the full width or length of the board, allowing for a far greater thickness than wide plank countertops. Due to the way these countertops are constructed, they are also called face grain countertops, and give a beautiful representation of the face grain of the construction wood.