WOOD COUNTERTOP CONSTRUCTION

Face Grain

Face grain construction allows the board lay-up to be wider, but thickness is limited by wood species. Normal thickness ranges from 1 1/2” to 1 5/8”. Random sized boards are cut and used. Standard board width is 1  1/2″ to 3 1/2″ wide. Wider board width is subject to increased instability; therefore face grain construction is prone to warping. Care must be taken in condition control, finish maintenance, and top installation.

Edge Grain

Edge grain construction allows board lay-up to be thicker – up to 5”. Generally, the board width is narrower than plank style. Board widths are random sizes varying from ¾” to 1 ¾” and dependent upon wood species. Grain of this construction type tend to be straighter and more uniform than other construction styles. Often referred to as “Butcherblock”. Edge grain construction is the most stable of the 3 types available.

End Grain

End grain tops are constructed with the end grain surface on top. rectangle blocks are normally cut, and boards may be random in size. Blocks are glued up in a brick laid pattern. End grain is a good choice for cutting applications. End grain is recommended on tops 3” – 5” thick. Thickness adds to the stability of the product, but this style is subject to end cracks if not properly maintained.