JThompson Tops, Inc. offers its five most popular species that include exotic African Iroko and Brazilian Cherry to native American Cherry, American Walnut and Hard Maple. These five species represent the majority of our customer's color preferences.

JThompson Tops, Inc. maintains numerous other such species such as:

  • Alder
  • African Mahogany
  • Ash
  • Australian Cypress
  • Beech
  • Epee
  • Genuine Mahogany
  • Heart Pine
  • Hickory
  • Lyptus
  • Red Oak
  • Teak
  • Tiger Wood
  • Wenge
  • White Oak
  • Yellow Pine
  • Zebra Wood
  • Purpleheart

Feel free to contact us about any other wood species not listed above. We also offer template and installation services in the southeast.


Wood is carefully selected from the finest grades of kiln dried lumber available. Tops are produced to fit your particular needs for size, shape, and wood species.

Brazilian Cherry Planks

2.75" Brazilian Cherry Planks w/ .75" Maple Strips


Edge Treatment Profiles for Tops


Construction Styles

  1. Face Grain ( Plank or Tabletop Construction ):

    Face grain construction allows the board lay-up to be wider, but thickness is limited by wood species. Normal thickness ranges from 1 ¼” to 1 ¾”. Random sized boards are cut and used. Wider board width is subject to increased instability; therefore face grain construction is prone to warping. Care must be taken in condition control, finish maintenance, and top installation.

    Typical Random Plank or Face Grain (table top) Construction


  2. Edge Grain ( Butcher Block Construction ):

    Edge grain construction allows board lay-up to be thicker – up to 5”. Generally, the board width is narrower than plank style. Board widths are random sizes varying from ¾” to 1 ¾” and dependent upon wood species. Edge grain construction is the most stable of the 3 types available.

    Typical Edge Grain (butcher block) Construction


  3. End Grain ( Checkerboard Construction ):

    End grain tops are constructed with the end grain surface on top. Square blocks are normally cut, and boards may be random in size. End grain is a good choice for cutting applications. Its surface can be up to 10 times harder than edge or face grain. End grain is recommended on tops 3” – 5” thick. Thickness adds to the stability of the product, but this style is subject to end cracks and check marks if not properly maintained.

    Typical End Grain (Checkerboard) Construction



Timber Cuts and Color Choices

Timber cuttings on a log


Typical Timber color choices in logs




Mineral Oil is our standard finish. Other finishes are available such as Waterlox® and Polyurethane.

American Cherry Plank with Mineral Oil finish

American Cherry with Mineral Oil finish




All tops are produced to customers specifications. This includes edge profiles, radius/clipped corners, undermount sink holes, appliance cutouts, etc. All are included in standard square foot pricing.

Maple Plank Style with no. 4 Bevel Edge

Maple Plank Style ( #4 Bevel Edge )



Mitre Construction

KV Tite Joint® Fasteners and Plate Jointing Biscuits are used when connecting mitres to ensure strong and seamless construction.

Walnut Plank Style with no. 1 Ogee Edge

Walnut Plank Style ( #1 Ogee Edge )