In this guide, we'll cover edge grain and end grain butcher block and what makes them different!
As a homeowner, or the owner of a café or bar, you know just how important it is to have your kitchen and dining area(s) look both beautiful and functional.
Indeed, butcher block wood countertops are an ever-popular and a timeless choice for your kitchen and dining room. In your research, you've probably more than likely have come across a couple different types of butcher block: edge grains and end grains.
Both options will provide your kitchen with warmth, natural beauty, and functionality. But you’re likely thinking, “which should I order?”
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In this article, we’ll cover the aspects of both edge grain and end grain butcher block, explore their pros and cons, and help you make an informed decision for your kitchen.
Before we review each type, it's best to first understand the difference among these.
First, let's consider the grain in a piece of butcher wood. Every piece of lumber has three surfaces:
Is edge or end grain better for your butcher block countertop? Ultimately, it comes down to your personal preference for aesthetics and the type of use you have for it. Let's talk about edge and end grain below:
Professional craftsman will design an edge grain butcher block countertops by arranging wood strips side by side, with the long edges forming the visible surface. This construction style creates a durable countertop with a beautiful linear pattern. Wood types you’ll commonly find that use an edge grain style include: hard maple, red oak, cherry, hickory, and walnut.
Now let’s talk end grain butcher block countertops. End grain is crafted by arranging wood blocks vertically, with the cut ends forming the visible surface. This construction style results in a distinct checkerboard pattern that many homeowners enjoy and prefer over edge grain.
Your decision of whether you should choose edge grain or end grain will ultimately come down to your:
Edge grain countertops provide homeowners with all the durability, stability, and affordability you’re looking for. By contrast, end grain countertops excel in exceptional durability, knife-friendliness, and unique aesthetics, making them ideal for avid cooks. Ultimately, you should take into consideration your cooking habits, design preferences, and budget constraints to make the best choice for your kitchen and dining room. Start your custom butcher block order today!
So, why should you choose Forever Joint Tops for your maple, walnut, oak, or hickory countertop installation? With over 50 years of experience, Forever Joint Tops takes great pride in serving our valued clients. We are deeply committed to delivering excellence in everything we do. We can help you match end grain with side grain, understand how to finish your butcher block, and more.
When you order a custom butcher block wood countertop, kitchen island, table top, desktop, or bar top from us, you can expect prompt customer service and meticulous attention to detail throughout the shipment process. Furthermore, all our hickory, maple, walnut, and oak products are crafted from 100% American-grown lumber. We employ CNC precision equipment to ensure precise cuts, eliminating the potential for human error.
At Forever Joint Tops, we strive to provide you with high-quality, handcrafted products that enhance the beauty and functionality of your space. With our commitment to excellence and the use of top-notch materials, you can trust us to deliver a countertop that meets your exact specifications and exceeds your expectations. With Forever Joint Tops, you’ll be able to make an informed decision when choosing between edge grain and end grain butcher block countertops!
Have questions for our team, or discuss your order over the phone? Give us a call directly at (608) 566-6903. Need help with understanding how to install your butcher block, how to clean your butcher block, or even the basics of how to apply finish, mineral oil/organic beeswax or conditioner, (we highly recommend that you use Waterlox products for this) check out our informational pages linked here for more info!