Solid hardwood tops need to be supported across their width due to the nature of wood movement. Your butcher block countertop may require additional supports depending on how far it will extend past the base that supports it. The purpose of these supports is to prevent splitting, cracking, or warping due to the wood top being "free floating". There are two directions in which this may occur, either long the width or the length. Regardless of direction, if your counter will require additional support, you’ll want to be sure to install those no more than 8” from each edge and no more than 24” apart (on center).
- For overhangs like pictured below that extend along the width (aka depth), you’ll want to factor in supports once your overhang reaches about 6-8” from the edge of your base. These supports should start no more than 8” from each edge and be spaced 24” or less apart.
- For overhangs along the length of your piece, you’ll want to factor in supports once you have max 14” extending from the end of your base. You’ll want to space these supports in the same way; 8” or less from each edge & 24” or less apart.
If you have any questions regarding the nature of your project or would like to inquire about our support options, please feel welcome to reach out to one of our designers at (720) 414-1393 for more details.