Cordwood Countertops and Flooring!

Cordwood Countertops & Cordwood Flooring

Bill Jarratt came up with this unique way to build cordwood right into your bathroom or kitchen counters.  Here are a few pictures and an explanation from Bill.    It seems there are many ways to use cordwood (not just for the walls:0)




Here are the instructions if you want to try this at home.

Instructions for Building a Cordwood Countertop

1. Build a temporary 2 x 4 frame to hold the ¾ B.C. plywood perfectly level and flat.  I used an under-mount sink so you need to cut that out ¾ larger all the way around for ¾ cypress edging.

2.  Mount ¾ ply base to 2×4 frame underneath attach ¾ x 1 ½ edging around exterior with ¼” sticking down and ½” above the ¾ ply cut log end pcs ½”and attach with waterproof glue and 18g 1” pins.

3. Coat top of log ends with water based poly (3 or 4 coats) so grout does not soak in the log ends.

4.  Regular sanded grout installed with grout float. Wipe down with sponge just like with floor tile.  Once the grout has set overnight grind all poly off the face of log ends with 4” grinder 36 grit paper (remove all poly).  I used 2 part pouring epoxy 50/50 mix and gallon kit. You need to mist the epoxy with methanol to remove air bubbles.

by Bill Jarratt

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at  

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Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”

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Here is a jpeg of the new Cordwood Construction DVD cover available at






Here is a link to my blog post on how to install a cordwood floor.

Steve Lee masonry heater, cordwood floor, river rocks on bathroom wall

Steve Lee is rightly proud of his cordwood floor.

Steve Lee is rightly proud of his cordwood floor.

Here is how Miroslav Bentley Kubala from Prague, constructed his cordwood floor over concrete.

Here is how Miroslav Bentley Kubala from Prague, constructed his cordwood floor over concrete.

And here is a cordwood floor from

There are instructions  in the Backhome Magazine article about how to install a cordwood floor.   The installer is a construction business owner and is very pleased with his floor.

Richard Flatau 
Mortarfingly yours,

Richard Flatau               

Cordwood Construction website

Cordwood Construction Best Practices  available in print & ebook at online bookstore.

Cordwood Construction Best Practices available in print & ebook at online bookstore.



7 responses to “Cordwood Countertops and Flooring!

  1. A margin grout float is similar to an offset float in that it can be invaluable for reaching small or obstructed areas. This type of float is also narrower, but the handle is attached to the the back instead of the top of the float.

  2. Appreciate more information on a cordwood floor as the one in the picture abocee

    • Hi Elena,
      We have not built that floor, nor do we know how to do it:0) I would imagine some type of flexible grout, like that used in patios would be the way to go. I also think the log ends would need to be sealed on each side.

  3. It’s all so cool looking but how is it on wear and tear and repair?

  4. Reblogged this on Cordwood Construction and commented:

    This blog post has been receiving quite a bit of interest lately, so I thought I would reblog so folks who are interested in learning about cordwood flooring and cordwood countertops could see it. I also added a few more pictures and a link to the instructions on how to install each one.

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