This 10×16 is a great board for smaller tasks but don’t be fooled by its size. The end grain will last you lifetimes! Each of our various cutting boards and butcher blocks are 2” thick which ensures they are durable, long-lasting, and incredibly high-quality for the price.
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. This also guarantees that your wood butcher block can handle daily use and potential water or fall damage without cracking, drying out, warping, snapping, or chipping in the process.
Furthermore, cherry wood is self healing as well which is perfect for cutting boards. With cheaper wood, plastic, or marble cutting boards, daily use tends to lead to deep grooves in the surface of the board that trap food particles and contaminate your food leading to foodborne illness and food poisoning. However, with cherry wood, these grooves repair themselves and eliminate this problem altogether. Its grain pattern also keeps your knife stable as it cuts with the direction of the wood fibers.
Finally, cherry wood is also cheap in comparison to other similar woods and easy to grow with no environmental impact or overhead cost. This makes it one of the top five most sustainable woods and also highly cost-effective as well. That’s why it forever remains one of our top three woods for our products without fail.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.