This 10×12 is a great board for smaller tasks but don’t be fooled by its size. The end grain will last you lifetimes! Just like our cutting boards, all of our butcher blocks are 2” thick which ensures that they are capable of handling any project with ease and not becoming damaged in the process.
The cherry will darken a bit with time and seasoning. This means that your beautiful butcher block will only continue to become richer in tone with time and will also harden further with age as well. That’s why it is considered one of the best woods for hardwood flooring, guitar bodies, gun stocks, car interiors, drum sets, furniture, cabinetry, furniture, countertops, veneers, and other handmade items including, of course, cutting boards and butcher blocks.
Cherry wood has a Janka hardness rating between 950 lbf (4,200 N) and 995 lbf (4,430 N) depending on whether it is black or brazilian cherry. This makes it naturally strong and durable which is why it functions as a great cutting board material. Each of our cutting boards and butcher blocks are able to withstand daily use and fall or water damage for years without breaking, cracking, chipping, warping, or drying out along the way.
On top of this, cherry wood is also self healing which means it repairs knife marks as they appear. This is particularly useful for cutting boards and butcher blocks because it means that your board doesn’t fall prey to the most harmful thing cheaper wood, plastic, and marble boards do. These boards trap food particles in their knife scores that contaminate your food and lead to foodborne illness while cherry wood’s self healing nature eliminates this issue altogether. Its fine grain nature also keeps your knife stable as it cuts with the direction of the wood fibers.
Lastly, cherry wood is also sustainable and fairly priced as well. Because cherry wood can be grown quickly and with little water or environmental damage, it serves as one of the five most eco-friendly woods out there. This means that cherry wood cutting boards and butcher blocks aren’t just beautiful and strong but cost-effective and good for the environment as well.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.