This 10×14 walnut wood butcher block is a great size for a smaller kitchen with smaller countertops. I find it has the perfect balance of function and style. The 2” thickness of these end grain butcher blocks means that not only are they made of the strongest part of the trunk but are also durable and long-lasting as well.
Walnut’s swirling fine grain pattern makes it not only beautiful but incredibly sturdy as well. That is why this wood is used most commonly for cabinetry, countertops, veneers, car interiors, guitar bodies, gun stocks, hardwood flooring, furniture, construction, and countless other projects including art and handmade items.
On the Janka hardness scale, Walnut ranks 1,010 lbf or 1,010 Janka. With this said, it is harder than cherry wood but not quite as hard as maple wood. In fact, walnut wood actually hardens even further with age likewise. This means that your butcher block is able to withstand daily use for years with potential fall or water damage and not become bent, warped, chipped, cracked, or dried out along the way.
Walnut wood also is self-healing which is incredibly useful for cutting boards as well. Cheaper plastic, marble, or wood cutting boards usually acquire deep grooves in their surface over time from frequent use. These grooves trap food particles that contaminate food and lead to food poisoning and foodborne illness. Fortunately, walnut wood repairs these grooves as they appear eliminating this food safety issue altogether.
On top of its overwhelming durability, walnut wood is sustainable and cost-effective as well. This particular board with the end grain build will last forever. The reason for this is that walnut wood can be produced and used for countless projects for far less than other wood materials and is also eco-friendly likewise. Walnut wood also keeps your knife stable as it cuts with the direction of the wood fibers making it not only good for your kitchen needs but your knives’ needs as well.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.