Published on January 28th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Butcher Block Countertop Kitchen shelving

Materials: NUMERAR countertop, 3/8″ threaded rod with assorted hdwre, 1/2 copper tubing lacquered, 1×1 wood stapping cut to length

Description: NUMERAR counter top was ripped in half lengthwise to make above counter kitchen shelving. Threaded rod supporting the outer edge is concealed by copper pipe which has been lacquered to prevent oxidation. Hardware supporting each successive shelf is counter sunk for finished appearance. Threaded rod extends through ceiling and 2×4′s laid across joists in attic. Against the wall, are 1×1 wood straps screwed to wall studs. Shelves are affixed to wood straps using the mini “L” brackets that come with the NUMERAR countertops.

~ Sandra Tarbox and Kurt Lazaroff, USA

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6 Responses to Butcher Block Countertop Kitchen shelving

  1. Unknown says:

    This looks really nice. When we had our three kids at home, we used our entire service (for 8) at least once a day! Often twice. I don’t think the dust would have caused much of a problem!

    It’s beautiful, and anchoring the pipes in 2×4 run across the ceiling studs is really clever. Did you use Ikea sinks? We had good luck with adding car sound-deadening insulation to one… it feels like a $2,000 sink.

  2. Kurt Lazaroff says:

    We had contemplated getting a real corner sink instead of two, but the bowls were not adequately sized for putting pots or pans in (or cutting boards). What we couldn’t find was a faucet with a long enough neck to reach adequately into both sinks. Eventually we’ll probably go with two faucets, one for each. Regarding the waste of space notion, a corner on any counter is a waste of space so the items in the corner are decorative. The cupboards are quite sturdy, being held up by 9 3/8″ rods and the wall bracket is attached to studs. Regarding things getting dusty, you are right, but you also realize how little china and glassware you actually use. This kitchen is cooked in daily (not reheating of frozen products) and is essentially a restaurant kitchen on a small scale, made for production and ease of use. We also made all of the cabinets from scratch from 3/4 oak ply. Plenty of work space on the island. . .

  3. jo says:

    there are two sinks because you need to wash every glass or dish before using it ;-) my partner has only one sink and it is a real nightmare to me. i can not even imagine one kitchen with only one sink

  4. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Maybe it’s more secure than it looks, but if this shelving is as wobbly and light-weight as it seems, it’s not good for much.

    Sorry too, but dust settles into and onto everything setting out like this – that’s why there are cabinets! This way you’ll only be able to set out things used often, things kept clean by being used every few days. Well, unless you don’t mind having to wash any dish or glass BEFORE using it!

    Ah, and WHY are there 2 sinks in the corner? No only have you lost counter space, it must be a plumbing nightmare too! You might free up some space by putting the dish drainer behind the faucet in that empty space in the middle.

  5. Charlotte says:

    This looks GREAT!

  6. Lauren says:

    This is the perfect solution to my tiny kitchen. I also now have a unique way to display my favorite china!

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