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cksurgent wrote:
Do you know the name of the company where the butcher block came from?
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Aundrea Ambeliotis
Was that ordered through John Boos ? is it custom?
January 18, 2014 at 7:22am   
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Michigan Maple Block Co.
The picture is not good enough to be able to be sure of the wood species. If I have to guess I would say American Cherry. Michigan Maple Block Co. makes tops up to 6" thick in several species including maple.
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Peyton Grissom wrote:
How tall is the island when the countertop is this thick? - I love this look and trying to recreate with reclaimed 100 year old beams we had to replace in our house. Thanks!
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Usually standard countertops in a kitchen should be 36" max. that would mean you need to have your base cabinets adjusted at time of ordering so that the height is not more than that.

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August 28, 2013 at 10:22am   
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amyrihl wrote:
where do you find a giant hood like that?
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You can have a custom metal shop make any hood you can design. These use liners for the mechanics inside and finish with the artist to look seamless. I am actually having one quoted right now for another client.

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August 28, 2013 at 10:23am   
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jasonhorwitz wrote:
Cooktop - What kind of cooktop is that? It looks massive, I love it!
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The homeowner had an unusual request to use commercial grade appliances from a restaurant supply.
July 16, 2013 at 11:11pm   
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cksurgent wrote:
What color are the cabinets?
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July 16, 2013 at 11:14pm   
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cksurgent wrote:
is there a specific type of wood or name to the wood used for this butcher block? I love the different shades
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Butcher Block wood tops are very different. Usually you want an end grain butcher block top to start with since they are the least maintenance. Wood is a 100% renewable resource.

Unlike natural stone wood is a rapidly renewable resource with-in an industry that's highly regulated to ensure healthy forest growth.

There are different finishes on butcher block countertops choosing the right one for your usage is important.
Here is a great guide for you.

Finishes for Butcher Blocks, Countertops, and Wooden Utensils
Information from the Advanced Housing Research Center,
Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin

The durability and beauty of wood make it an attractive material for butcher blocks, countertops, and other items used to serve or prepare food. Wood also tends to be less prone to harbor bacteria than are some other materials such as plastic. Finishes enhance the beauty and extend the useful life of wood. Water-repellent finishes will reduce the effects of moisture. When wood soaks up water, it swells; when it dries out, it shrinks. If the wood dries out rapidly, its surface dries faster than the inside, resulting in cracks and checks.

Finishes that repel water will reduce the effects of brief periods of moisture (washing) and repel liquids, making the wood easier to clean. Wooden salad bowls, spoons, forks, and other utensils need a finish that also resists abrasion, acids, and stains. Finished wood countertops are less likely to show stains, such as those from grape juice. There are two types of finishes, film forming and penetrating. Finishes that form a film on wood, such as varnish, lacquer, and shellac, are also called coating finishes. Although the film protects the wood, it eventually chips, peels, or cracks. Penetrating finishes come in two types, drying oils and nondrying oils.

Drying Oils - Drying oils penetrate the wood and harden the material. They include linseed, tung, and diluted varnish. Also called wood sealers, drying oils are one of the most satisfactory finishes for wood surfaces. They reduce water absorption and make the surface easy to clean and resistant to scratches. Wood sealers are easy to apply, requiring less skill than other finishes. Worn places in the finish may be patched without showing lapmarks around the edges, which ordinarily cannot be done with other types of finishes.

Nondrying Oils - Nondrying oils simply penetrate the wood. They include vegetable and mineral oils.

Vegetable Oils - (e.g., olive, corn, peanut, safflower) are edible and are sometimes used to finish wood utensils. Walnut oil is particularly suitable. The natural nondrying oils are applied heavily in several coats and can be refurbished easily. Vegetable oils eventually become rancid. Although this condition is not hazardous, it may impart an undesirable odor or flavor. Treated wood utensils should be allowed to dry thoroughly for several weeks before use.

Mineral (or paraffin) Oil - A nondrying oil from petroleum that has been used as a penetrating finish for wood utensils. Baby oil should not be used because it contains some ingredients that should not come in contact with food.

Paraffin Wax - One of the simplest ways to finish wood utensils, especially countertops, butcher blocks, and cutting boards, is to apply melted paraffin wax (the type used for home canning). Melt the wax in a double boiler over hot water and liberally brush on the wood surface. Excess wax may be left on or scraped off as desired. Heating the excess wax on the surface with an old iron (similar to waxing skis) helps improve absorption of the wax.

Whatever finish you choose, be sure that the finish is safe and nontoxic. Also be sure the finish you select is recommended for use with food or described as food grade. For information on the safety and toxicity of any finish, check the label, contact the manufacturer.

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April 3, 2013 at 4:14am     
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Rustica Hardware
This looks like a walnut top and is very thick, I'm guessing 5 or 6 inches. Go to this site if your interested in a butcher block top like this.
April 3, 2013 at 10:02am   
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audetknight wrote:
Color - Does your butcher block island top have to match the wood color of your cabinets? We have light natural wood cabinets, and dark hard wood floors. I would prefer a darker butcher block island top but am not sure if that would look alright.
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I don't think it should match I think it should blend. An accent is always a good thing in my book.
July 16, 2013 at 11:15pm   
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kimdaniels_design wrote:
What is the back splash material?
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This is a great tile. It is large in format and makes a big clean statement. It can be found at Pental Granite and Marble it is from the Eco Friendly Tiles. Metal Titanium. There are a lot of similar ones out there too.

Need anymore help contact us.

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January 11, 2013 at 12:14am   
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moniallen wrote:
is the butcher island oiled or sealed??
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John Boos is one of the largest butcher block companies out there. They list care instructions on their website. You can also buy directly from them, Take a look.

Thank you for your time.

Kind Regards,

Bonnie Bagley Catlin, CID
PH: 619-733-6540
Member of NKBA, Allied Member ASID
September 18, 2012 at 5:00am   
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Reico Kitchen & Bath
What type of wood is this and what is the thickness of the top?
September 18, 2012 at 6:05am   
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auntmisbehaving wrote:
Look at that butcher block island! Does anyone know where to get one of those?
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I am planning on making one of these using a Lam Beam (laminated beam). They are basically 2x6" boards laminated/glued together. These beams are used to carry havy loads in house contruction and are usually visible from inside. They are usally about 18" wide, so you can bolt 2 or 3 together to make a top like this.
February 27, 2012 at 2:24pm   
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Thank you Kelly and rstew. I am checking it out!
February 28, 2012 at 10:35am   
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melonyl wrote:
How sanitary are butcher block countertops?
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Aundrea Ambeliotis
what kind of wood is the butcher block made of and what brand is it
January 15, 2014 at 3:19pm   
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