Butcher block kitchen countertops are warmer decor in the kitchen than stone and give off a professional chef vibe to flatter your half-baked souffles. Butcher block kitchen countertops are a type of surface commonly present in butchering settings as well as in home kitchen settings. Butcher block kitchen countertops are intended for use as a cutting block, traditionally for meats but in home kitchen use, for any type of cutting of foods. The butcher block kitchen countertops are made from various types of woods, the most common of which are oak and maple. The orientation of the pieces of wood used to create the countertop give it strength as well as a distinct appearance. Two general types of butcher block countertop designs exist: end grain and edge grain. End grain refers to the orientation of the various pieces of wood that are glued or otherwise adhered together; the ends of the pieces of wood will face upward, exposing the end grain as the cutting surface.
Edge grain butcher block countertop models will feature pieces of wood oriented so the edge of the wood, or side, will face upward to provide the cutting surface. Both of these orientations promotes strength and durability, though the appearance of each type of countertop will change accordingly. Edge grain countertops tend to feature a long, striped appearance, while edge grain countertops will feature a checkerboard appearance. If granite countertops are the little black dress of countertop couture, butcher block kitchen countertops are the perfect pair of jeans. This humble, hardworking material is easy to live with, never goes out of style, and will most likely outlive the homeowner who installs it.