It all starts with the right wood species and grain orientation for your Thomas Creek wood top. We’ve provided this information to assist you in selecting the natural quality and beauty for your project.
What is Grain Orientation?
Countertops are made using two grain orientations – End Grain and Edge Grain.
Imagine a piece of lumber standing straight up and down. On its long end, the board is the strongest; with this orientation, you’re looking at its end grain. If you were to lay it on its edge lengthwise, it would be an edge type grain and be slightly weaker.
- End grain countertops are made from blocks of wood positioned vertically like a butcher block. When cutting on this surface the blade is able to slide with the grain of the wood as opposed to across it. The result is a hard durable surface that’s easy on cutlery. Knives stay sharper longer and are less resistant to nicks and gouges.
- Edge grain countertops are long strips of wood laminated together with the long edge positioned along the length of the countertop. Here the edges of the wood strips form the surface of the countertop. Edge grains are more likely to show knife marks because cutting is done against the grain.
Wood Species Available
Designed to suit your style and sense of practicality, all Thomas Creek Wood Tops feature wood varieties that are specially selected for their superb quality and elegant design. This extensive variety of wood species not only provides you with a sense of natural beauty, but also the ability to withstand the daily rigors of busy kitchens.
Thomas Creek Wood Tops allow you to select from a wide variety of woods, each delivering its own unique characteristics of grain, color, and shading within the wood.
- Alder – Clear
- Alder – Knotty
- Hard Maple
- Hickory Rustic
- Pine Knotty
- Red Oak
- White Oak
- White Oak – Quarter Sawn