Kitchens & Kitchen Cabinets

The Furniture of the House

What do you value most in your kitchen?
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Planning and Building for those Values

    • first round discussions
    • site visit or receipt of client plans
    • development of our cabinet floor plan and renderings for presentation
    • further detailing until complete
    • pricing
    • contracting and timing
    • build, and install.
  • Enjoy the heart of your home with family and friends!

We can help you put ALL of those values into your kitchen~
because we have learned to listen to the client for what is wanted and valued.
People and businesses have been commissioning us to make all kinds of things out of wood in detail for years and years and years. (Jeff Amos has been listening to clients since 1976! And he is only one of the staff.)
A kitchen is simply no different.
In September 2016, we brought in sophisticated equipment to advance our furniture making.  That equipment, with software, also made us fully equipped for modern updated proficient accurate cabinet making.
What is really EXCITING is the range of the possible.  Web searches show the World of Possibility, and unless really really out there, most are within range of reasonable pricing!!
Show us your ideas.  Let’s talk and explore.

The Proverbial Butcher Block Countertop!

You want a wooden countertop?  

You can have one!

How is it we hear from clients that have been told they

can’t have,

can’t get,

wouldn’t want,

~ a wood island or countertop?

(Curiously, this is said for real solid wood flooring these days too!)

That’s because the knowledge about such is diminishing.

With properly dried wood,

properly assembled,

properly finished,

and properly installed,

you can have a wood countertop FOR A LIFETIME.

And we know how to do all of the above.  

Now to figure out what you mean by butcher block countertop.

An age ago, wood was the most common material for counters and working surfaces.  There would have been some stone, but wood would have been the dominant. Dense tight grained hardwoods like hard maple and yellow birch were the workhorses.  The grain at the end of a board, end grain, is the most resistant to cuts. When ends of boards are all glued together making the length by width needed~ that is your proverbial wood butcher block. This can take vigorous chopping as was done for commercially preparing cuts of meats and poultry and fish.  The wood will gradually wear, but not splinter or tear away.  And with vigorous scrubbing, completely cleanable.  Because this is the most expensive way to put together a counter surface of any size, these usually were cutting boards or blocks.

Gluing boards lengthwise is much more common today.  Thickness is completely a choice.  Under 2” thick is most common.  Let’s say the wish is for 1 ½” thick.  If the wish is the long strip look, then each piece would be 1 ½” x 1 ½”.  This is what is commonly thought of as butcher block today.  The grain of the wood can be oriented to be on edge, thus edge grain,

or flat, thus flat grain

Another way to glue up is with same size width of pieces to establish the width of counter desired, also demonstrated in the picture above. This generates a very rhythmic look, less busy than strip.  

Then there is random width.As boards are taken from the lift, each piece is considered for its merits. These random pieces are then flipped this way and that to make the nicest grain and color match for the counter.

Last to discuss would be wide plank or single piece  counter tops, with or without the live edge. As you can see throughout our website, this is our specialty.  Just open the door to discussion.