This 20×30 walnut wood butcher block is a great size for a smaller kitchen with smaller countertops. The 2” thickness of these thick walnut end grain butcher blocks makes them high-quality and long-lasting thus giving them the perfect balance of function and style.
Walnut’s swirling fine grain pattern makes it not only beautiful but incredibly sturdy as well. In fact, walnut even 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. This is what makes it perfect for cutting board and butcher block production specifically as it can handle daily use and potential water or fall damage without breaking, cracking, chipping, drying out, warping, or snapping along the way. In fact, walnut wood actually hardens even more with time meaning a one-year-old board is actually stronger than a brand new one.
Walnut also has self healing capabilities which makes it a perfect choice for butcher blocks specifically. With lesser wood, plastic, and marble cutting boards, score marks slowly form on their surfaces that trap food particles and contaminate food leading to foodborne illness and food poisoning. Fortunately, with walnut wood, these score marks heal on their own thus preventing this problem altogether and creating a safer cutting board option for professional chefs and home cooks alike.
With its strength and visual appeal already broken down, let’s now take a look at its sustainability and price. Because walnut wood can be grown nearly anywhere with ease and can be used in place of less sustainable materials, it serves as an incredibly eco-friendly wood. It is also fairly priced because of its ease of growth likewise. This makes it perfect for butcher blocks as it is sure to last a lifetime and be priced fairly despite it. This particular board with the end grain build will last forever.
All dimensions are approximate sizes. It is best to work with the natural characteristics of the wood first and the dimensions second.