This walnut wood cutting board is a great size for a smaller kitchen with smaller countertops. I find it has the perfect balance of function and style with a 2” thickness that ensures a long lifespan and incredibly shock absorbency and durability as well.
Walnut’s swirling fine grain pattern makes it not only beautiful but incredibly sturdy as well. It also keeps your knife stable as it cuts with the direction of the wood fibers. 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. On top of this, walnut wood continues to harden even further with time making it one of the most long-lasting woods on the market. This means that your walnut butcher block is sure to be able to handle daily use as well as potential fall or water damage without bending, warping, cracking, chipping, or drying out.
Walnut wood also has self-healing properties that make it particularly useful for cutting board production. While cheaper wood, plastic, and marble boards are susceptible to deep grooves in their surface over time, walnut wood repairs these grooves. Since these grooves trap food particles in them and contaminate your food leading to foodborne illnesses and food poisoning, having a material that repairs these grooves is incredibly valuable.
Furthermore, walnut wood is also highly sustainable and cost-effective likewise. This particular board with the end grain build will last forever. Not only is walnut wood easy to produce with little overhead cost but it is also a great substitute for countless other wood materials that aren’t as eco-friendly. This makes our butcher blocks not only fairly priced and visually stunning but good for the environment and long-lasting as well.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.