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Old 02-21-2011, 09:06 AM   #1
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Any ideas on how to match height of two surface counterop?


My wife and I just bought a house and remodeling the kitchen. We have decided to build an island that has two surfaces on top of the cabinets in the island. Only problem is the materials are not the same height. One material is an end-grain butcher block countertop and the other is a granite. The end-grain is 2 1/2" high and the granite is 1 1/8" high. We know that we want everything to be the same exact height but we dont know how we can match it up.

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The difference in height is 1-3/8"
Remove the granite top
Install 2 pieces of 5/8" plywood cut to the size of the cabinet
Install 1-1/2" molding or edging onto the edge of the plywood
Reinstall the granite top

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We actually havent yet installed the cabinets or even templeted the granite so we can just start from scratch. Thats a great a idea but what about the joint where the wood meets the stone? Do you think it should be filled with silicone to avoid crumbs and what not? Or just leave it open?
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I would seal the granite/butcher block junction, but you have to be careful of what you use. Since the butcher block will periodically need an application of some type of penetrating sealer/oil for sanitary reasons, you will have to be sure the "caulking" and the liquid sealer are compatible.
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Do you think it should be filled with silicone to avoid crumbs and what not? Or just leave it open?
Do not seal it with silicone
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Since you have not started, why not build the island a taste larger so you can inset the butcher block inside a 'cutout' in the granite?
Then matching heights won't be an issue.

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I agree that it needs to be caulked but for what reason should silicone not be used?

A good idea about inserting it into the granite but the problem with that is where do you rest your granite? It needs to sit on top of the 24"cabinets and still have enough support to extend 12" over the barstools in the island.

Our island is going to be to 36" x 96". We know that we want a large butcher block to be at least 24" which only leaves 12" for the granite to hang over and it would need to rest on piece of the cabinet for support.

Also, we want an end grain style wood block and typically they are 2 1/2" thick. May look odd set lower than the height of the granite 1 1/4"

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More than likely, you are going to want corbels or countertop brackets to support the overhang of the granite - regardless if the butcher block is an insert or sitting next-to the granite. Here are some sketchup ideas. I left the sides exposed/unfinished so you can see the 1-1/4" underlayment underneath the countertop to bring the granite surface height up to the same as the butcherblock.

I also did one sketch of the block inlayed in the center - which looks much cleaner/better IMHO.
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hyunelan2, WOW!

Looks really good. You are truly skilled at your craft. Thank you so much.

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