This 14×18 cherry end grain, or butcher block wood cutting board is built like your grandma’s thanksgiving turkey- pretty and made with love! Since all of our cutting boards and butcher blocks are 2” thick, you can guarantee years of daily use without any serious damage to your chef’s knives or wood whatsoever.
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. Its end grain pattern also keeps your knife stable as it cuts with the direction of the wood fibers. This is what makes these butcher blocks able to handle daily use and potential fall or water damage without drying out, warping, chipping, or cracking in the process.
On top of its durability, cherry wood is also self healing which means that it is a far safer material to use in the kitchen for longer. With low quality cutting boards from retail stores, knife scores on the surface of these boards trap food particles and contaminate your food leading to foodborne illnesses and food poisoning. However, with cherry wood, these scores heal on their own thus eliminating this food safety issue altogether.
To top it all off, the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of this wood is impressive to say the least. In fact, cherry wood is one of the top five most sustainable woods on the market and it is also fairly priced because of its rapid growth as well. The demand may be high but its supply keeps up and then some. This is why it is a great choice for our butcher blocks as it isn’t just strong and beautiful but cost-effective and green likewise.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.