Butcher Block Countertops can take many forms in a kitchen as a countertop, an insert into another countertop material or even as a movable kitchen island. Butcher block of end grain construction is the preferred chopping surface by chefs, as this construction style is the kindest to knives and keeps them sharp. In addition, butcher block tend to be self-healing and most knife marks disappear after cleaning. After years of use, the butcher block can be sanded and re-oiled to look like new again. Grothouse supplies butcher block surfaces finished with food safe mineral oil. The oil is non-toxic and hypoallergenic unlike Tung Oil finishes that can affect people with nut allergies. Grothouse food safe oil finish is preferred by clients desiring a “green” finish and is so safe you can drink it. Butcher Block aka End Grain Countertops must be a minimum of 2-1/2″ thick to be covered under our lifetime warranty. Grothouse butcher blocks ship in 2 to 3 weeks and arrive with a lifetime warranty.
The most popular use for butcher blocks is kitchen islands. They provide a functional work surface and unlike stone slabs, can be made any size without unsightly seams. The longest butcher block island we have made to date was 22 feet long! Butcher Block Islands become the center piece of the kitchen. Butcher Block islands are safe to use with under mount sinks and even stove cut outs. They provide a warm organic workspace and can be designed with any shape or pattern.
The best example of a well-designed Grothouse butcher block cart was designed by Tyler Florence for the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. The cart included a custom knife slot, heavy duty casters that permit it to be moved tableside for carving a roast. Three drawers and a shelf add convenient storage. Tyler requested Grothouse custom engrave a Latin phrase on the edge of the butcherblock.
Butcher block is not typically associated with dining tables, but is becoming a trend that makes a lot of sense for smaller kitchens. The butcher block is perfect for a cutting surface for chopping vegetables. After quick clean up with dish detergent, it serves double duty as a dining table. The pictured dining table is end grain Zebrawood.
Grothouse crafts cutting boards to be used as a insert into another countertop material. They can be customized with holes for composting or garbage and custom lids can be fabricated if desired. The inserts often have incorporated finger grips for ease of removal.