This 18×26 cherry end grain, or butcher block wood cutting board is built like your grandma’s thanksgiving turkey- pretty and made with love! Our 2” thick wood cutting boards and butcher blocks are durable and structurally sound making them the perfect addition to any kitchen for years to come.
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 exactly why this wood is a perfect choice for butcher blocks since it can handle daily use and potential fall or water damage for years without warping, cracking, chipping, or drying out at all.
On top of this, cherry wood is also self healing. This means it is good for your knives and food safety. Its end grain pattern also keeps your knife stable as it cuts with the direction of the wood fibers. Similarly, with cheap wood, plastic, and marble cutting boards, knife scores on the board’s surface lead to trapped food particles that contaminate your food. With cherry wood, on the other hand, these knife scores repair themselves and prevent this issue altogether.
Lastly, cherry wood is easy to grow, manufacture, and use for countless industries. Its demand may be high but its fast growth time and low overhead cost makes it not only one of the top five eco-friendly woods on the market but incredibly cost-effective too. This is why this wood is used for countless projects including butcher blocks as it truly has it all in one beautiful package.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.