direction of butcher block counters
Is there a reason that all the pictures I see of butcher block counters have the grain running lengthwise?
I want a butcher block top for my kitchen island. The island is going to be ~3'x8'. It's a solid top with no range or sink in it. I am having trouble finding a stock counter top in the right size, and custom tops probably aren't in the budget. If it's going to be more than stone, it's going to be hard to justify.
I've considered buying pieces and joining them myself. But it would be SO much easier if I could join several 3' sections rather than trying to work with a couple of 8' sections. But then you'd have obvious seams, unless you ran the pieces the short direction across the island.
But I've been unable to find a photo of an island with the grain running in that direction. So I wonder if there's a reason you can't do that?