This 16×20 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 makes them durable, shock absorbent, and more high-quality than any other boards on the market guaranteed.
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. Walnut also continues to harden with age as well meaning that a new butcher block isn’t even as strong as it will be in a few years’ time. This also means that your butcher block can handle daily use and potential fall or water damage without warping, cracking, bending, chipping, or drying out in the process. This is exactly why professional chefs and home cooks alike adore our boards and blocks.
Walnut wood is also self healing which is particularly useful when making cutting boards. Cheaper plastic, wood, and marble boards tend to experience score marks on their surface from years of use. These marks trap food particles within them and contaminate your food. However, with walnut wood, these marks repair themselves meaning this no longer is an issue.
On top of its durability and visual appeal, walnut wood is also fairly priced on the market and easy to grow. This particular board with the end grain build will last forever. Walnut wood grows with ease across the nation and can even be used as a substitute wood for less sustainable woods out there. This makes walnut wood eco-friendly and highly sustainable. Because of its ease of growth it is also cost-effective which is exactly why it is a perfect material for both cutting boards and butcher blocks alike.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.