Butcher Block Countertops
Butcher block countertops, commonly associated with days gone by, have never been more in style than they are right now. These highly durable, aesthetically pleasing countertops are frequently used on kitchen islands where they serve as a focal piece for an entire kitchen. For those who have never owned or used a butcher block countertop, the variety of options can be surprising.
Multiple Wood Countertops
Maple is the classic wood used for butcher tops. Its hardness and clear grain make it an ideal choice for heavy-use applications. Maple is hardly the only option however. Other popular wood species include
- Cherry, which is revered for its rich red color and strong end grain;
- Zebrawood, a dense African wood with a dramatic mix of dark black and gold highlights;
- Bamboo, a sustainable wood source;
- Wenge, another dense African wood that won’t warp and is remarkable at hiding knife marks; and
- Mahogany, which is renowned for its grain pattern and hardness.
Butcher blocks are particularly popular for kitchen islands where they are used as the focal point of the modern kitchen. Because butcher blocks are available in so many different wood grains and finishes, their natural beauty complements many materials like granite, Corian, and marble. Butcher blocks are ideal for work surfaces, such as islands, because they are highly durable and easy to maintain. As an added bonus, butcher blocks are easier on knife edges than most other counter surfaces.
John Boos Butcher Block Countertops
Lee Lumber stocks butcher blocks from John Boos, a company that is highly regarded for its butcher blocks, cutting boards, gourmet furnishings, kitchen countertops, and worktables. Based in Illinois, the company is one of the oldest premium quality food service equipment manufacturers in the United States. Lee Lumber not only stocks John Boos butcher block countertops, but also stocks the company’s butcher block island tables and butcher block cutting boards. The John Boos maple butcher block is the company’s most renowned product, but Lee Lumber also stocks Walnut, Cherry, and Oak.
Exotic Wood Countertops
For customers interested in more exotic hardwoods, Lee Lumber provides a number of products made from African Mahogany, Brazilian Cherry, North American Cherry, Iroko, Teak, Walnut, Wenge, and Zebrawood. These options can be purchased in standard sizes or can be customized. Exotic wood butcher blocks from the Grothouse Line are available in multiple thicknesses with a wide choice of edge work. Customers can choose from edge-grain, end-grain, or flat-grain offerings.
Milling Services for Custom Countertops
Lee Lumber offers a wide array of milling services to allow for full customization of butcher block countertops. Buyers can choose from a variety of edge details, stains, and finishes. Lee lumber offers cut-to-length butcher blocks that can be mitered in its own shop. Because Lee Lumber has been stocking John Boos for decades, it’s pricing is highly competitive. Samples can be seen in any of Lee Lumber’s locations.