Call 1-800-200-DOOR and speak directly to the craftsman making your solid wood counter top! We are a small family owned an operated company and take great pride in talking directly to the customer! No operators, no sales people, talk directly to the guy who will be making your counter top! Call us to start the process of owning a beautiful solid wood counter top!
The History Behind Our Countertops
Wood countertops are not new to us, since 1979 we have been building custom cabinetry for our customers. Over the years our customers have asked us to build wood tops for many of our custom projects. We found ourselves putting wood tops on our kitchen cabinetry, built in storage benches, desk areas and even fire place mantels. The constant demand for wood countertops over the years naturally led us to where we are now offering them as a product line. Our countertops are all over New England. Whether you find one in the second floor of a brownstone in Boston or overlooking the ocean on Marthas Vineyard our countertops are sure to provide a warmth and character not often seen in today's construction. Our tops provide a traditional feel unmatched by any other countertop product. They can be used as the main top in your kitchen or as an accent piece for some stand alone cabinetry!
Construction of your Top
When building our tops we will use boards measuring between 3"-10" in width. Each board will run the length of the countertop and be glued and biscuit joined the entire length using only premium waterproof glues. The materials we use for our countertops are like people, their colors and appearances vary. Our craftsmen hand select the materials to provide the greatest color and grain match available, we also cut around unsightly imperfections and defects but keep in mind color and grain patterns are naturally occurring and their individual variations are what make them beautiful. The color and grain variation are part of the charm of your natural wood top and can not be controlled. You must expect that your top will have a certain amount of variation and will even vary from a sample that has been provided to you. The thickness of your counter top is only limited by the raw materials available. Our standard thicknesses are listed below or ask us and we will see if thicker material for your top is available from our suppliers.
- Many of our customers choose to leave their countertop its natural color and apply only a tung oil finish, it is your choice. Sprague Woodworking also offers a variety of stained finishes for your countertop. We find that the ZAR Premium Quality Oil Based Stain works extremely well, you can choose from any of their stock colors. We then finish your countertop with several coats of Premium Quality Wipe-On Waterlox Tung Oil. All of our finishes are hand rubbed and applied by our craftsmen. If you choose a tung oil finish it is NOT meant to be cut on. Tung oil is a natural finish which protects your top from water, heat and stains. It is a hard and durable finish that is food safe when dry. Tung oil needs to be reapplied every year and can be simply wiped on. If you get a scratch in your tung oil finish, lightly sand the area, remove all dust, and reapply a coat of tung oil.
- If you choose to use your countertop to cut on, a mineral oil finish is applied. To maintain the finish of this top simply rub your top with mineral
oil every few weeks. To fix any cuts, nicks or scratches you can simply sand down
this top and reapply several coats of mineral oil. This is the only finish
available that allows you to cut and work on your top!
- If a modification
is made to your top after you receive it (I.E. sink hole cut out, faucet
hole cutout or simply trimming the edge of your top) you MUST immediately
finish this area by applying either the tung oil finish on the exposed
wood or the natural mineral oil finish. Failure to protect these newly
exposed areas will void any warranty.
- Sprague Woodworking recommends that your top be fastened down with wood screws that penetrate at least one half the thickness of your top.
- Because wood moves the screws utilized to secure down your top should be centered in a slotted hole that allows the top to move and the screw move with it. DO NOT utilize glues or other adhesives to secure your top, doing so will void the warranty on your top because the adhesives or a non-slotted screw hole do not allow your top to move which can cause the top to crack.
- It is NOT RECOMMENDED to install your wood counter on top of a heat source, I.E. built-in ovens, dishwashers, or under mount appliances unless you take some protective measures to help deflect the heat from your top. A heavy duty aluminum foil membrane must be attached to the underside of your top in these areas before installation.
- If you have two pieces that are fit together, I.E. a 45 degree miter, it is recommended that a small bead of acid free silicone be applied to the top and bottom of the joints to insure a good seal between the two pieces.
- If you have any questions at all concerning installing your top please don’t hesitate to call the shop!
Care and Maintenance
- Wash your top with mild soap and water, and then rinse.
- Disinfect with a weak solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, if desired. Be sure to dry the top thoroughly. DO NOT use a bleach based cleaner to clean your top. This type of chemical can harm your finish.
- Properly sealed and maintained wood tops are durable, beautiful and easy to use, but it is important to carefully follow the installation and maintenance instructions above.
Our Edge Profiles
We offer many different edge profiles, pictures of our most common are listed below. We can apply other profiles to our countertops at your request. All of our profiles are made using quarter inch and half inch shank router bits. Feel free to send us the link to the manufacturer of your favorite edge profile with its product number and if we don't already have it we will add it to our collection building your countertop. Here are the links to manufacturers of edge profiling bits we most often use:
Square Edge Profile
1 1/4" Red Oak, Black Onyx Stain 1 1/4" Natural Cherry
Half Inch Radius Edge Profile
1 1/4" Hard Maple Natural 1 1/4" Cherry Black Onyx Stain
Step & Round Edge Profile