American Black Walnut gives a contemporary look to butcher block, an old favorite kitchen countertop.
John Boos mills the distinctive dark wood for countertops, backsplashes and island tops. Edge grain construction, with rails running the length of the countertop, ensures a flat surface.
Choose from two finishes, penetrating oil or semi-gloss varnish. Varnished finishes are maintenance-free, but cannot be used as a cutting surface. Oiled countertops can be used as a cutting surface, but must be re-oiled periodically. Sanding cuts before oiling will restore the countertop to its original appearance.
The company will make custom cut-outs for sinks. Any cuts made later must be completely sealed for prevent splitting. Countertops come depths ranging from 25" to 48".
About $84 a square foot for a straight run of oiled butcher block 25" deep and 1-1/2" thick.