Our cherry butcher blocks make a bold statement in your kitchen. From the detail found in the wood grain, to the sturdiness of the 2″ block, you will be blown away at your truly custom butcher block, designed to last a lifetime and accent your kitchen. We also build custom boards with any wood blend, contact us for details.
All About Our Cherry Wood Butcher Blocks
When it comes to butcher blocks, the key is to use a durable and high-quality wood that is sure to be able to withstand years of cutting, cleaning, wet foods sitting on it, and, yes, sometimes even dropping it by accident.
Although there are countless wood materials out there to choose from, we’ve found cherry to be one of our all-time favorites not only because of its durability and versatility but also because of its natural beauty and overall high quality.
The question is, what makes cherry one of our go-to woods and why is it particularly effective for butcher blocks, cutting boards, and beyond? To answer this question, let’s take a look at what makes cherry wood so unique and why its strengths continue to outweigh its weaknesses time and time again below.
The Main Characteristics of Cherry Wood
Cherry wood is a prized material for woodworkers, contractors, artists, and designers alike. When cherry wood is first cut down, it’s color is a light pink and this color changes over time due to oxidation and UV light. This is why some cherry wood is bright and warm while other cherry wood is rich and dark. The one thing that all cherry wood product makers and buyers alike must keep in mind is that cherry wood is sure to change color as time goes on due to the ‘ripening process’ and this means that it may not match its surroundings in a matter of only six months to a year’s time.
When it comes to the actual texture of cherry wood specifically, cherry is a fine grain wood that is deciduous and sustainable in nature. It has a smooth finish and, depending on where the wood is cut from, you can either experience the softer and more malleable nature of the sapwood along the outside of the trunk or the firmer and more shock-absorbent nature of the heartwood in the center of each trunk.
What are the Most Common Uses for Cherry Wood?
Cherry wood is the 4th most produced wood in America right behind ash, oak, and poplar. It is most commonly used for furniture and hardwood flooring as it has a beautiful natural color and is easy to work with as well. You will also likely see a large amount of cherry being used for kitchen accessories, cutting boards, guitars, cabinets, countertops, car interiors, and record players as its rich color and fine porous structure makes it perfect for not only creating wood products but having them last for decades as well.
Because of cherry wood’s small and fine grain texture, it is a great hard wood to avoid water damage and its natural lustre means it does not need mountains of stain and lacquer to look and feel beautiful. In fact, cherry is a particularly smooth wood as well making it highly popular for desks and countertops specifically.
On top of this, you will also see cherry in plenty of ways in your kitchen from moulding and cabinets all the way to countertops and even bowls and utensils. Because of its beautiful natural color as well as its sustainability and accessibility, cherry is ideal for all kinds of household projects making it a number one choice for nearly all furniture, flooring, and cabinets within the homestead.
Lastly, as stated above, cherry is highly popular when it comes to instruments as it has a beautiful texture that makes it relatively impervious to water damage and warping. It is also capable of bending to fit intricate designs and shapes and its color is truly stunning on everything from guitars and basses to flutes and drum sets.
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Cherry Wood’s Strengths
There are countless strengths associated with cherry wood but the five main ones have been outlined below. These strengths are those most often discussed by woodworkers, designers, and contractors alike. If any of these things specifically appeal to you, then cherry wood is most certainly a good option for you.
One of the main reasons that cherry wood can be found in all kinds of industries is because of its overwhelming versatility. Unlike other woods out there that are best suited for very specific projects, cherry wood can be used for anything and everything from construction to art.
Cherry wood’s unique grain patterns and different colors make for a great and versatile material even in its appearance alone. On top of this, cherry wood’s density differentiation between the sapwood and heartwood means that you can use it both for bending and shaping instruments as well as making sturdy and durable furniture alike.
Although cherry wood doesn’t quite get a highly impressive rating on the strength scale compared to other popular wood materials out there, cherry still remains one of the strongest woods to utilize and it actually only gets even stronger during its ripening and aging process.
This makes cherry wood a great option for those looking to have a long-lasting wood that can withstand being dropped, dinged, and cut on for years to come.
Another major plus to cherry wood specifically is the way that its oxidation process actually makes the wood even more durable and shock absorbent over time. As the wood ages over the first six months alone, you are sure to see a change in its natural color and with this, comes a stronger and denser wood as well.
Because of this, most cherry wood projects last far longer than other wood material alternatives and they also become richer in color and denser in texture likewise. You also may even see even more natural lustre on your cherry products over time as well as they continue to react with the air for years after being cut and shaped.
Because of cherry wood’s mass production, the average cost of this material is far less than other woods on the market. Despite its high quality, it still stays in a reasonable price range making it perfect for those looking to get the best material for the lowest cost.
This is also why cherry wood is used often for building materials and furniture as its natural lustre, rich stained color, and high quality at half the price of other woods makes it ideal for contractors and woodworkers alike.
Although cherry wood is mass produced, the speed in which the cherry tree is grown, the water and other materials it needs to flourish, and the ease in which it can be cut down all make for a relatively sustainable tree. In fact, some lumber yards admit that cherry is one of the most sustainable woods they harvest and leads to the most bountiful returns.
With this being said, you can rest assured when using cherry wood that your products are sure to be far more environmentally friendly than other materials and will also withstand the test of time as well due to the durable nature of cherry. For individuals looking to reduce their carbon footprint, cherry wood is most certainly the way to go.
Now that we’ve analyzed exactly what makes cherry wood one of the best woods on the market for furniture makers, contractors, woodworkers, designers, and product innovators alike, let’s take a look at some of cherry’s pitfalls to weigh the pros and cons in the most effective way possible.
How do These Qualities Make for a High-Class Butcher Block?
Despite the very few flaws cherry wood has, it is overall one of the most cost-effective and high-quality wood materials currently on the market for cutting boards and blocks. Not only is it durable, but it presents some of the most beautiful colors and tones to accent your kitchen.