This 12×18 cherry end grain, or butcher block wood cutting board is built like your grandma’s thanksgiving turkey- pretty and made with love! Each of our spectacular butcher blocks are 2” thick which we’ve found to be the perfect size to guarantee years of daily use without damaging your board in the slightest.
Cherry has a very warm and natural glow that will darken and season with each use. 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 is also why our butcher blocks are capable of dealing with potential water or fall damage and daily use for years without bending, chipping, drying out, cracking, or warping in the process.
Furthermore, cherry wood also has self healing properties that make it the perfect choice for professional chefs and home cooks alike. Typically, retail store boards made of plastic, wood, and marble succumb to knife scores on their surface that trap food particles and contaminate food. This leads to food poisoning and foodborne illness. However, with a cherry wood board, this is no longer an issue as these scores heal themselves and eliminate the potential of food contamination entirely. Its grain pattern also keeps your knife stable as it cuts with the direction of the wood fibers.
On top of this, cherry wood isn’t just strong and beautiful but environmentally friendly and cheap all things considered. Because cherry wood grows rapidly and takes little effort to maintain, this wood can be supplied with ease which lowers its cost significantly. Meanwhile, cherry wood is also one of the top five most sustainable woods because of its manufacturing process and how it can be used in place of less sustainable options.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.