Originally Posted by Daniel Holzman
I used to own a house with a maple counter. Although maple is a relatively hard wood, the counter did not stand up too well to water and detergent. For my money, I would not have another wood counter in a wet environment, unless you are willing to put up with constant maintenance. I do have a wooden island top, I made it out of 2 inch thick cherry, however it NEVER gets wet, so it holds up quite well. My kitchen counters are granite in my current house, very nice because there is zero maintenance.
I did exactly that, the island is butcher block, located across from the stove which makes a great hot plate catcher, the original plan was granite for the rest but, that will be in the future, for now it looks like granite, but its not.