Joints and Seams

Joints are used to create “L” or “U” shapes. Wood grain direction is used to accent the size, shape and configuration of your Craft Art countertop. If you are designing a solid wood kitchen island countertop, there will typically be no joint in what we build for you; we will purchase the appropriate lengths of wood and utilize those lengths to design a joint-free top.

The only exception to this is when design considerations indicate the need. If you are designing a perimeter top (one that runs along the walls around a kitchen), the following joint options are available to you in the corner sections of your room.

Rabbett Joint

A rabbet is an “L”-shaped groove cut across the side or end of a piece of wood. Craft Art recommends using a rabbet groove when the wood countertop butts a granite or other hard surface top. This overlap will hide the dissimilar movement of the two surfaces and creates a seamless visual impact.


This type of joint provides a “hard stop” difference from one direction of your top to the other.  It has clean lines and provides a understated simplicity in transitioning from one direction of your top to the other.  The main decision to make is which end/direction you want to make the butt joint.  The general rule of thumb is that you have the butt joint on the longer spanning side of your countertop.

Parallel Butt Joint

This provides a continuous-looking seam, but requires that the grain direction of your top run perpendicular to your walls.

Miter Joint

A miter joint provides a more geometric appearance to your top (exactly what is a hypotenuse anyway?  And who was Pythagoras?).  People who choose this joint are more interested in having the seams “blend in” to each other and want the appearance of one single piece.

Custom Fit

Craft Art custom-machines and fits all joints to ensure tight, flat seams.

T-Bolt Hardware

All Craft Art joints are secured with T-Bolt hardware installed on the underside of the countertop.