Bamboo Butcher Block

Bamboo Butcher Block

Jonathan B.
Nov 2, 2007

For too long, there's been a hole in the market for DIY-friendly, green countertops. That's why we're excited about this bamboo butcherblock countertop. You can install it with regular woodworking tools and finish it with your choice of food-grade oil.

We're also thrilled that it comes from Teragren. They were one of the first companies marketing bamboo in the US, and they really know what they're doing. Other companies just buy whatever they can get their hands on and stamp a name on it... but Teragren controls the entire chain, so they can assure quality.

Panels come in two standard sizes:

• 30" x 96" x 1 1/2" (for countertops)
• 36" x 72" x 1-1/2" (for table tops)

Spec sheets and finish recommendations are available from Teragren.

Teragren will also make panels to order up to 8' x 3' x 3" thick. For pricing information, you'll need to ask a Teragren retailer near you; if you're in the Bay Area like us, that means Ecohome Improvement, which supplies a great "create your own plan" worksheet you can use to get a ballpark estimate. Like anything else that's big and heavy, shipping distance can greatly affect cost.

A side note about countertops: we've been noticing that many green countertop materials come in 30" widths, whereas the standard is 25 1/2" or 26". If you're designing a kitchen, do yourself a favor: specify deeper cabinets, or space standard cabinets out from the wall to take advantage of this extra depth; it really comes in handy if you're a serious cook. Plus, less trimming of countertop blanks will save you money on countertop fabrication and reduce the amount of waste you generate.

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