Three Pines was recently contacted by homeowners in Ramona. Their home had undergone a major remodel, and they had saved the 2×4 studs that were removed during the process. It was determined that the studs came from a Los Angeles lumber company and dated back to the 1950s. The homeowners wanted to give the wood new life and keep it out of the landfill. That’s where Three Pines came in.
The homeowners asked us to construct a complex tabletop out of the salvaged wood—but not just any tabletop. They wanted a tabletop made entirely of end grain wood.
Typically, you only see end grain surfaces in smaller pieces—like in high-quality cutting boards or small butcher block countertops. That’s because they’re quite labor intensive to make. The construction of this tabletop involved cutting 624 individual blocks of wood and bonding them together to form a larger surface.
You might be thinking, “Why would you do that?” Well, it’s because end grain wood is incredibly durable—more durable than face grain or edge grain wood. Even in softer wood varieties, end grain wood is more resistant to scratches and nicks. This is why you’ll often see end grain wood used in cutting boards and butcher blocks. But in this case, it will also be great for a kitchen table that will get used regularly.
People also love end grain wood because it is beautiful. Its surface has great character to it. When pieced together, end grain wood forms a beautiful, complex design.
The finished end grain tabletop for our Ramona customers is 42×72” and 2” thick. It’s actually the largest end grain surface we’ve ever seen! We even tried finding a larger one online and couldn’t find anything even close to its size!
No stain was needed on this beautiful tabletop. The wood’s natural color was exactly what the homeowners wanted! To finish it off, we applied a high-quality oil to help protect the wood and make it easy for the homeowners to maintain. The oil we used also helps the detailing to stand out—including the wood grain and the design made by the individual pieces.
This was a fun and unique project for us, and we were happy to be able to give these homeowners the tabletop they were looking for—one that would be a great statement piece in their home and that would give some old wood a new life!
If you have a unique project in mind, let Three Pines help! If it’s made of wood, we can make it happen! We have a highly skilled and creative team that can bring any idea to life!