This is the perfect addition to any serious chef or professional who wants a true board! This board can keep up with all of your kitchen tasks with its massive work surface. Many chefs can perform more than one task on this board. And, you can’t go wrong with walnut wood, especially when it is 2” thick and high-quality end grain. The thickness guarantees durability and shock absorbency with a lifespan to match.
Walnut is a warm and luxurious choice for your kitchen! Its swirling fine grain pattern makes it not only beautiful but incredibly sturdy as well. 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. In fact, walnut wood actually hardens even more over time making it a perfect choice not just for furniture and flooring but cutting boards and butcher blocks as well. The durability of this wood makes it capable of withstanding daily use and potential fall or water damage without bending, cracking, chipping, warping, or drying out for years.
Walnut even has self healing properties that continue to add to its worth as they make it a far better choice for cutting boards than cheaper plastic, wood, or marble boards by far. While those boards acquire deep grooves in their surface over time that trap food particles and contaminate your food, walnut wood repairs these grooves gradually thus preventing foodborne illness and food poisoning altogether.
Furthermore, end grain has many benefits over a face grain or edge grain. Not only is walnut durable and beautiful but this end grain is also cost-effective and eco-friendly as well. Since walnut wood can be grown with ease and its long lifespan keeps it around for decades, this wood eliminates the need for less sustainable materials and does so for less. This is why it is a perfect choice for butcher blocks in any kitchen setting.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.