End grain butcher block is
"true" butcher block made in the old-fashioned way to withstand
chopping, dicing, and cutting. It is the most versatile of any type
of cutting or chopping board. End grain blocks are made by usig glue
and spaples to combine many pieces of wood with the grain of the
wood facing up. They require more work to produce, are more durable and are often used in professional & commercial kitchens, cutting boards, chopping blocks and residential kitchen islands.
This type of butcher block has a checker board appearance. If you
have only one board in your kitchen, this is the best choice all
Edge grain (long grain)
Edge grain, or long grain butcher block, is
used to make the majority of cutting boards sold throughout North
America today. Edge grain butcher block is constructed by gluing
many pieces of wood together. The grain of the wood in long-grain or egde grain blocks runs long ways, or horizontal with the work surface.
The edge grain is turned up, and this is the hardest portion of a
hard maple log or board, making it ideal for light dicing and
cutting. This type of butcher block is easier to produce, is more
affordable, and is used in countertops, table tops, work benches and
95% of the products referred to as butcher block.