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This video takes you step-by-step through how I make a walnut end grain butcher block.

What Is The Most Durable Butcher Block Wood?

When it comes to butcher block wood, there are a few different options available. The three most popular choices are maple, oak, and cherry. All of these woods have their own unique benefits.

Maple is the most popular choice for butcher block wood because it is incredibly durable. It is also very easy to clean and maintain. Oak is another great choice for butcher block wood because it is also very durable. It has a beautiful grain pattern and is also easy to clean and maintain. Cherry is the third most popular choice for butcher block wood. It is not as durable as maple or oak, but it is still a very good choice. It has a beautiful reddish color that can really add to the look of your kitchen.

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Why Are Butcher Blocks So Thick?

Butcher blocks are thick for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is that it provides a sturdy surface for cutting meat. However, there are other reasons as well.

Another reason butcher blocks are thick is because it helps to keep the knives sharp. When you use a thinner cutting board, your knives can start to dull more quickly. Butcher blocks are also less likely to warp over time, which means they will last longer and provide a better cutting surface.

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Does A Butcher Block Warp?

As you probably know, wood is an organic material. That means it’s alive, and it responds to changes in its environment. If you live in a humid climate, your butcher block may warp slightly as the wood absorbs moisture from the air. Conversely, if you live in a very dry climate, your butcher block may shrink slightly as the wood loses moisture.

That’s why it’s important to season your butcher block regularly. Seasoning helps the wood retain its moisture, preventing warping and shrinking. If you don’t season your butcher block, it will eventually warp or shrink enough that it’s no longer usable.

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Is A Butcher Block Waterproof?

You might be wondering if a butcher block is waterproof. After all, it is constantly exposed to water and other liquids. The answer is yes and no.

Butcher blocks are made of wood, which is not waterproof. However, the finish on a butcher block makes it resistant to water and other liquids. So, while you shouldn’t submerge your butcher block in water, it can withstand spills and splashes.

To keep your butcher block in good condition, wipe up spills immediately and avoid exposing it to excessive moisture. With proper care, your butcher block will last for many years.

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How Do You Take Care Of A Butcher Block?

First, always use a cutting board liner when chopping or slicing on your butcher block. This will protect the wood and keep it looking new. Second, wipe up any spills immediately with a damp cloth. Third, once a week, use a mild soap and water solution to clean the surface of your butcher block. Fourth, every few months, treat your butcher block with mineral oil to keep it from drying out. Fifth, if you do happen to cut into the wood, sand the area lightly with fine-grit sandpaper and then treat it with mineral oil.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your butcher block looking like new for years to come!

Full Restoration, 1942 Butcher Block

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Kris had the opportunity to do a full restoration on this butcher block from Dec 1942. It spent almost all its life in a remote mine in Alaska. Made for an amazing Christmas present for the owners wife.

He really enjoyed this restoration and he hopes you do too. The block itself is 30″ x 30″ x 15″ and weighs around 400lbs.

It was coming apart from the bottom drying out and was in need of serious restoration to last another 80 years.

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