When I hear "Butcher Block" what does that mean?
History of the Butcher Block: The modern butcher block was developed in the1880's and was called at the time "the Sanitary Meat Block". It was developed to address a need by the meat cutting industry for a more sanitary and stable cutting surface. Now the term is used to mean either end grain or edge grain counter tops and cutting clocks fut not normally plank or face grain style.
This style of counter top has the end of the grain of wood exposed as the top of the counter- top. It is mostly used in areas where people will be cutting directly on the top. It shows the least amount of wear of all three styles and has the most character. It is also the most expensive.
The term edge grain comes from using the thin side "edge" of a board as the top surface of a counter top. This is done by cutting wood into strips and laminating many of them together to make a counter top. Most of the time, the wood strips are cut ¾" to 1 ¾ " wide. This style can give a certain order to the counter top which is very appealing to many people. Most common maple "butcher block" counter tops are made in this fashion.
Another name for plank style is face grain. As the name implies, the face of the board or the widest part of the board makes the top of the counter top. In this type of counter top you can really see the grain of the wood. Most of our center islands, counter tops and tables are made in this style.