Selecting the Countertop Materials
When choosing materials, opt for a wood butcher block and engineered stone quartz made from the same manufacturer. This will ensure the closest color, thickness, and finish match between the two surfaces. Popular pairings include:
- Maple butcher block with white quartz
- Walnut butcher block with dark gray quartz
- Cherry butcher block with black quartz
Make sure the thickness of the butcher block and quartz are the same, usually 1.25 inches for countertops. Going with a standard size from the manufacturer will ensure the best seam match.
Preparing the Base Cabinets
The base cabinets must be level, plumb, and installed securely before installing the countertops. Use shims as needed to adjust the cabinet bases so they are perfectly flush and level.
The height of the base cabinets should be designed to match the thickness of the countertops. Standard cabinet height is 34-1/2”, designed for a 1-1/2” thick countertop.
Cutting and Fitting the Countertops
Have the countertops professionally fabricated with seams and cutouts for sinks and cooktops. Communicate to the fabricator that two different materials are being used.
It is best to have the fabricator make the seam cut between the two materials, so you have a perfect fit. If making the cut yourself, use a circular saw with a fine finish blade. Make multiple light passes to avoid chipping.
Clamp the countertops together and check for tight seams before installing. Use wood filler to patch any minor gaps.
Installing the Countertops
Thoroughly clean the cabinet bases so the countertops have a clean surface for attaching.
Apply a bead of construction adhesive along the top edges of the cabinet bases. Carefully lower the countertops into place. Make sure the seams match tightly.
Use C-clamps along the seams to hold the countertops together while the adhesive dries. Place scrap wood between the clamps and countertop to prevent indentation.
Attach the countertops with screws through corner blocks on the cabinet bases. Drill pilot holes to prevent splitting the wood.
Sealing the Seams
Fill any remaining gaps along the seams with a flexible epoxy filler made for countertops. Remove any excess.
Once the filler has dried, sand the seams smooth. Start with 100 grit sandpaper and work up to 220 grit.
Apply painter’s tape along the quartz side of the seam. Spread a thin bead of clear epoxy along the length of the seam. Remove the tape before the epoxy dries.
Allow the epoxy to fully cure for at least 24 hours. Buff the seams with steel wool to blend. Apply beeswax to seal and protect the butcher block.
Maintaining the Countertops
Take extra care to avoid spills and excess moisture where the two countertop materials meet. Immediately wipe up wet messes.
Clean quartz with a mild soap and water. Butcher block should be cleaned only with special oil-based cleaners.
Periodically reseal and re-oil the butcher block following manufacturer directions. This will prevent moisture damage.
Use trivets and hot pads when setting hot pots and pans on the quartz portion of the countertop. Avoid exposing the seam to high heat.
With proper installation and care, a seam between butcher block and quartz can be practically invisible and last for many years of use. Taking steps to tightly fit the materials, seal the seam, and maintain the surfaces will lead to a beautiful and functional kitchen design.
Frequently Asked Questions About Seaming Butcher Block and Quartz Countertops
Can you put butcher block and quartz countertops next to each other?
Yes, butcher block and quartz make a popular countertop combination. The key is properly joining the two materials with a tight-fitting seam.
What is the best way to seam butcher block and quartz countertops?
The best method is using a flexible epoxy designed for countertops to fill any gaps, sealing the seam. Be sure to prep the surfaces thoroughly first.
Should I seam quartz to quartz or wood to wood?
It’s best to seam the two different materials—wood to quartz. Seaming the same materials often leads to visible inconsistencies in pattern and coloring.
What is the best adhesive for joining butcher block and quartz?
Construction adhesive provides a strong bond when installing the countertops. For the seam, use a flexible epoxy filler formulated for countertops to allow slight movement.
Can you use wood glue to seam butcher block to quartz?
Standard wood glue is not flexible enough for solid seaming of the two materials. Use an adhesive designed specifically for bonding different countertop materials.
Should I seam the countertops before or after installing?
It’s best to have the fabricator cut the seam for an exact fit, then seam and install the countertops afterwards.
How wide should the seam be between two different countertop materials?
Aim for a seam width of 1/16 inch or less. Wider gaps may need backing material before sealing with epoxy.
Bringing together two beautiful countertop materials like butcher block and quartz requires thoughtful planning and precise installation. Pay attention to details like matching the thickness, heights, colors, and finish of the materials. Prep the cabinets to be perfectly level to achieve tight seams. And take time to properly seal the joints with flexible adhesive after installing the countertops. With care taken during each step of the process, you can have a seamless transition between the wood and stone surfaces. Combining the warmth of butcher block with the sleek look of quartz results in a striking and functional kitchen design.