Walnut wood cutting boards offer a beautiful glow, with a gorgeous level of detail in the grain. When choosing an MHW custom walnut wood cutting board or walnut butcher block, we offer a great selection of sizes and custom options to help you choose the perfect addition to your kitchen, whether at home or restaurant. We build for customers and professional chefs alike. Do you need a unique build? Contact us for a free estimate.
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Although walnut trees may be better known for their rich and delightful nuts, you may be surprised to find out that a large portion of all furniture in the United States is made of walnut wood for its versatility, ease of growth, and relatively mild tone.
In fact, what makes walnut so special and sought after is actually its versatility and particularly normal appearance. Because it can easily be grown, used for any project, and be stained into any shade imaginable, walnut is perfect for any and all wood designs from furniture and building materials all the way to kitchen islands and, unsurprisingly, cutting boards too.
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But, what qualities other than versatility make this wood a great choice for cutting boards and beyond, and why is it being used over the countless other wood materials out there? To explain, let’s delve into exactly what makes walnut one of the best woods out there and truly get to the bottom of the qualities that make this wood stand out more than the rest without fail below.
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Walnut wood is a very durable and dense wood that is the only dark-brown domestic wood on the market to date. Walnut is also incredibly versatile and lightens in color over time. This is particularly useful for cabinetry or instruments as its natural grain will actually reveal itself further with age.
What are the Most Common Uses for Walnut Wood?
The American black walnut tree has a myriad of uses but the most common use is for hardwood flooring, furniture, and construction. Walnut wood’s ability to become even more dense over time makes it perfect for contractors as it continues to strengthen architectural design over time. The same can be said for flooring and furniture.
On top of flooring and construction, walnut wood is also used for veneers, gun stocks, instruments, car interiors, kitchen items, counters, cabinets, and woodworking projects. The main reason why this wood is used for gun stocks, instruments, carving, woodworking, and kitchen items is because it is durable but also easy to carve any way you like and works well with various glues, lacquers, and stains. Not to mention that its natural color and lustre also adds to its beauty in and of itself.
In the same sense, walnut wood is used for cabinets, counters, and veneers because it is durable, can handle shock damage and construction materials, and is incredibly dense naturally. This makes for a very sturdy product that can handle all kinds of damage and still only get stronger with age.
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Walnut Wood’s Strengths
Walnut wood is known for countless strengths across the board and, while this is one of the main reasons we use it for our products specifically, it is still important that you understand the pros and cons we analyzed before making our decision to utilize walnut wood for cutting boards and butcher blocks alike. By doing this, we hope to prove to you exactly why this wood remains one of our top three choices and why it is perfect for kitchen cutting boards and butcher blocks built to last.
One of the main perks of walnut wood is its structural integrity. Unlike certain soft woods or woods that bend and crack easily, walnut wood is straight-grained and dense. This means that it does not bend or break from grain knots or swirls and its density means that it is able to be used for construction and items that are used often without being damaged. It’s shock resistance level is impeccable compared to other woods solely based on its density alone.
Another perk to using walnut wood specifically is just how versatile it truly is. While thin sheets can be used to mold guitar bodies and logs can be carved into ornate shapes, it can also be used to build dense and sturdy furniture and cabinets. The versatility of walnut wood stems from the fact that it is straight-grained and relatively porous making it good for all kinds of projects and not finicky in the slightest.
On top of being structurally sound, walnut wood is also durable. It can withstand changing weathers, slight water damage, and even shock damage from being dropped or dinged repeatedly for years. Because it becomes even harder and denser over time, instead of warping or cracking with age, walnut wood is sure to handle being used daily better as it ages.
If walnut wood is purchased from a reliable resource, it can be incredibly eco-friendly in nature. Because it requires very little water and shade, it does not need a full team or process to grow and, although the growing process is upwards of 50 years, the fact that every tree is immediately replaced when one is cut down means the process is continual and always adding oxygen to our atmosphere.
Lastly, walnut wood is also very cost-effective because it lasts decades rather than a few years. Walnut wood furniture can last hundreds of years even and walnut wood only becomes more dense as time goes on. While walnut wood is a bit more expensive than other woods on the market, its lifespan alone makes it far more cost-effective as a cutting board than plastic or thin wood boards that are sure to break, warp, or crack in no time.
How do These Qualities Make for a High-Class Cutting Board?
To understand why these particular attributes of walnut wood make for a perfect cutting board material, let’s first look at what makes a high-class cutting board so unique. The main aspects to consider when purchasing a cutting board are its durability, the material’s average lifespan, and its resistance to cutting and liquids on its surface.
For starters, with walnut wood, its density and ranking on the Janka scale alone showcase just how durable this material actually is. Unlike other weaker woods, walnut wood is guaranteed to be able to absorb shock, be used for years without cracking or warping, and actually become even stronger as time goes by.
Walnut wood is also a long-lasting wood that, if treated properly, is sure to last far longer than other cheap plastic or wood cutting boards on the market.
While you may spend less to start, over time, the walnut board will prove its cost-effectiveness as the other boards break and warp.
Lastly, walnut wood may be relatively porous compared to other woods but it is also very durable and flexible making it able to withstand quite a bit of deep cuts and liquid damage without warping or breaking apart.
With all of this being said, walnut is not just one of the best woods on the market but remains one of our main three wood materials for all of our cutting boards and butcher blocks alike. With our clients in mind, our team sought to find the best of the best and, by looking through the pros and cons that make this wood what it is, it’s clear to see why walnut ‘stood out in the forest’ from the start.
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