Kitchen wood countertops bring natural warmth into a modern kitchen, and also they are highly functional and versatile. Unfinished or oil finished kitchen countertops and kitchen island tops can be sanded and then oiled again to remove any damage, scratches, dents. The lacquered hardwood countertops can be refinished every few years to make them look new back again. Any wood specie can be used to build kitchen countertops, but some types work better than the others.
Most kitchen countertops and kitchen island tops are made from hardwood, such as maple, cherry, walnut, ash, beechwood, whitebeam, and oak. The density and durability of these hardwood species makes a kitchen wood countertop resistant to dents, scratches, cupping, and warping. Other wood species that can be employed include African and Brazilian wood: berlinia, zebrawood, padauk, wenge, cherry. The hardwood countertops are also available in mixed wood species, meaning that several hardwood types are glued together to build a single piece of kitchen countertop, usually created for decorative purposes.
Durability and price often go hand in hand. For example, fir, spruce, or redwood kitchen countertops are less expensive but are not as durable as beech wood or other hardwood species and will need to be replaced or refinished sooner. Other considerations include the softwood’s ability to take knife marks and dents, the thickness of the available timber, the overall appearance of the counter, the grain ( open or closed), and if it takes well or not the oil finishing.