WOOD GRAIN STYLE
FACE/FLAT-GRAIN boards are made from the long flat plank
HOW? The lumber is sawed vertically down and the board has one side that is wider than the other; the wider side is referred to as the face.
This block construction delivers a clean look because of fewer seams
Face Grain and Edge Grain cuts are a little more resistant to stains and absorbing moisture.
EDGE-GRAIN boards are made from long wooden cuts (staves) that run the full length of the block. The surface will be striped; parallel lines of grain will be visible.
HOW? The lumber is sawed so that the edges of the growth rings are exposed on the widest faces of the piece and the rings form angles of 45 to 90 degrees with the widest faces.
This block construction has no unsightly butt ends and show relatively little colour variation. Edge grain construction increases strength and durability and is more durable than face grain construction but less durable than end grain construction
END-GRAIN boards are made from short strips of wood standing on ends. It creates a checkerboard design and shows the trees growth rings.
HOW? End grain wood is cut at a 90-degree angle to the grain, exposing the character of the wood rings and graining. The boards are made by cutting the pieces of lumber into blocks and gluing the blocks together with the end grain up, forming the top surface of the cutting board.
This block construction makes the butcher block very strong and durable. During cutting and chopping, the end grain wood fibres absorb the impact of the knife blade so the block is resistant to nicks and gouges.
BLENDED/JOINTED-GRAIN BOARDS are made from multiple wood pieces of various lengths joined together and the seams run in both directions