Solid Wood Countertops - Wide Plank, Butcher Block, Reclaimed, Live Edge Counter Tops!

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History of our Tops

Nantucket Solid Wood Countertop Project
Solid Wood counter tops are not new to us, since 1979 we have been building custom wood products and cabinetry for our customers. Over the years, our customers have asked us to build solid wood counter tops for many of their custom projects. We found ourselves putting wood counter tops on our kitchen cabinetry, built-in storage benches, desk areas and even fireplace mantels. The constant demand for wood counter tops over the years naturally evolved into a full blown product line. Wood counter tops are our fastest growing and most popular product that we manufacture. We can can build you an entire kitchen of custom solid wood counter tops or a simple kitchen island butcher block countertop. We also manufacture bar tops, desk tops, table tops and any other application you have that a solid wood top is needed! We are easy to work with and can do whatever you need!

Our counter tops are found in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and beyond. Whether you find one in the second floor bath of a brownstone in Boston or overlooking Sengekontacket Pond on Martha's 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! Check out our Project Gallery on Houzz!


Wood Countertop Construction - Face Grain Vs. Edge Grain (Butcher Block)

When building wood countertops we offer two different construction techniques - a face grain wide plank top or an edge grain butcher block. The face grain wide plank tops 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. Our edge grain, butcher block countertops consist of strips of wood measuring 1 5/8" - 1 3/4" in width being glued together to make your top. Like our wide plank countertops our butcher block strips of wood also run the entire length of the top and are also biscuited together with premium waterproof glues. There are no finger joints in our butcher block counter tops! 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, 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 can look different than 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.

Wood Species Available
  • Maple
  • White Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Cherry
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Mahogany - Sipo or Sapele
  • Pine
  • Hickory
  • Reclaimed Lumber - this is limited in availability from our sources
  • If you would like something else call us and we will see if our supplier can provide it to us
Reclaimed Lumber And Live Edge Tops

New to our counter top family is our reclaimed lumber and live edge tops. We have the ability to make either and have a variety of sources for both products. Both our reclaimed lumber and live edge tops are limited in wood species and what our suppliers have available. If this is a product of interest to you call the shop so we can discuss the details! Pictured to the right is a reclaimed oak wide plank top at home in Seabrook Beach, NH!

Finishes  

  • 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. It is important to understand the Waterlox tung oil finish that is on your wood top so that you can make sure your top stays protected over time.   Realistically how long the finish lasts is really determined by you and how you maintain and treat your top.  If you properly care for your top and have not penetrated or worn through the finish it will last five or even ten years without re-coating and we truly have many tops out there that do.  The general rule of thumb is you should add a coat if you notice the finish is starting to get worn looking or has been penetrated.  It is also OK to just touch up the tired areas of your top but it can be hard to blend and re-coating the entire top is sometimes easier. Please visit, www.waterlox.com/solutions/finishing-wood-countertops for complete information on our Waterlox Tung Oil finish. 
  • 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.


Installation

  • 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. Most modern day appliances come with an insulating foil membrane for this purpose. 
  • 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 

After the Waterlox Original Tung oil finish has dried and cured for at least 7 days, cleaning may be performed. For countertop or tabletop projects, we recommend using a damp rag on the surface as needed.

When a heavier cleaning is required we suggest any of the following methods:

  • Waterlox Original Cleaner Concentrate (following the directions on the label). We do NOT recommend the use of other wood coating manufacturer’s cleaners as these have been proven to damage all types of wood finishes including Waterlox Original Tung oil finishes; or
  • A solution with a maximum mixture of 1 - 2 oz. of white vinegar to 2 gallons of warm water; or
  • Non-abrasive diluted household cleaner (stay away from ammonia and/or bleach products); or
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap® can be used, but will tend to reduce the gloss by leaving a film on the surface.7

Avoid ammonia-based and bleach-based cleaning products like Lysol®, Fantastik®, 409®, Windex® (ammonia and bleach-based products will soften the oil finish if used), and products containing wax or acrylics, and try to prevent water from pooling or standing on the surface for long periods of time.

We believe wax creates time-consuming maintenance issues, scuffs easily, leaves water spots and attracts dirt. Wax also makes it difficult to recoat your wood surface with Waterlox when necessary. Even though waxes are compatible with Waterlox finishes, we don’t recommend using them for the aforementioned reasons.

TIPS

  • After cleaning any surface finished with Waterlox Original Tung oil finishes, rinse with clear water.
  • Avoid puddling water for long periods of time; wipe up spills immediately.
  • For bathrooms, do not let soap sit directly on the finish; wipe up excess soap immediately.

Re-coat and Maintenance

Another benefit of Waterlox Original Tung oil finishes is that they are tough enough to protect against moisture, hot beverages, fruit juices, alcoholic beverages, are easier to maintain than surface finishes and offer less time- consuming maintenance as compared with raw oils. Our motto at Waterlox is: “Not everything is fixable; but at least with Waterlox you have a chance”. As your surfaces ages, complete the following to freshen it up:

  1. Wash the surface with a neutral cleaner such as TSP (trisodium phosphate) or Spic-n-Span® and water.
  2. Follow with a clear water rinse.
  3. Lightly sand the surface if there is ground-in dirt with 320 grit sandpaper or 0000 steel wool.
  4. Wipe on/feather in an additional even coat of the finish used as the previous topcoat.
  5. Let dry for 48-96 hours before use.

Our Edge Profiles

Here are the standard outside edge profiles that we offer. We like to keep it simple!  If you do not like what we have send us a picture....we may be able to do it!       
                              

Warranty                                                                              
          

All Sprague Woodworking solid wood tops have a limited lifetime warranty. We will replace or repair any defect caused as the result of the manufacturing of the countertop. The size and shape of wood tops change within tolerance due to environmental factors such as heat and humidity. This movement in wood can also cause warping, checking and minor cracking all of which are considered normal with any natural wood product. The Zar Tung Oil finish should be reapplied every 5-8 years to help maintain maximum protection to your wood top.  Any damage as the result of delivery must be reported immediately. Color and grain discrepancies throughout the top do not void any warranty, we will do our best to minimize these discrepancies but you must expect that your top will contain a variety of color and grain patterns throughout the top!


Ordering your Countertop

Ordering a counter top is easy with Sprague Woodworking simply provide us your counter top measurements and a hand sketch or computer generated drawing and choose from the following three categories:
                                                                                                                                                              

 

 Step #1-Choose Type of Wood

Step #2 - Choose Counter Top Thickness

Step #3-Choose Your Outside Edge
Profile

Red/White Oak

Cherry

Hard Maple

Birch 

Pine 

Mahogany

Walnut

Brazilian Cherry

Reclaimed Lumber

3/4"

1 1/8"

1 1/4"

1 1/2" 

1 3/4"

2"

2 1/8"

2 1/4"

 Square

*Radius

*Radius Top and Bottom

*Step and Round

Custom Ogee

**Roman Ogee

Classic Cove & Bead

O-gee

  * Radius and Step and Round edge profiles offered in 1/8" 3/16" 1/4" 3/8" 1/2" and 3/4" Radius
**Roman Ogee edge profiles offered in 1/4" 3/8" and 1/2" Radius


                                                                         
Enjoy some photos! More can be found in our Project Gallery on Houzz!

Sprague Woodworking Counter Tops!