PS - it's also interesting hearing him refer to Black Walnut, Black Cherry, and Maple as 'expensive foreign woods'. They're pricey enough here so I can't imagine what they cost in Russia.
If our government gets involved we probably ship them wood for free.
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That's what those secret backroom campaign discussions were about
: black walnut, black cherry, and maple.
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We see all types of cutting boards made and sold. Wooden boards are sold from Cracker Barrel’s to Bass Pro Shops. But Wooden board sales are losing ground fast to plastic type boards because the plastic can go in the dishwasher.
My questions below are to gather your opinion on edge grained boards verses end grained boards. I’m eager to hear the opinions from you who have made a lot of cutting boards.
Wooden cutting boards are made in 3 styles:
Flat faced boards (maybe more commonly called cheese boards) these are the simplest form and are usually the thinner type boards. Some have handles or are cut in designs such as rectangles, ovals, circles, etc.
Edge grained boards: usually larger, heavier, thicker boards that show the color variations of more than one wood. Rectangular and square being most common but can be cut into designs also.
End-grain boards: allow the most pattern and color variations and are more time consuming and expensive to make. Rectangular being most common but can be cut into various shapes.
Questions: Knowing that edge grained boards can last many many years, is there any reason an end grained board design is superior over an edged grained board other than variations of color and pattern choices?
Between edge grain and end grain is one more durable than the other?
Will one outlast the other in normal use?
I don't see a real difference between "flat faced boards" and "edge grained boards". If you glue the edge grain pieces together, you have a flat faced board, right? From a cutting board functionality perspective, they work the same, no?
As others have pointed out, end grain cutting boards are supposed to work better and hold up better than edge grain cutting boards. By "hold up better", they are supposed to look nicer and require less maintenance (re-sanding and refinishing) over the years. End grain cutting boards are supposed to be gentler on your knives as well.
I just built an edge grain cutting board (and gave it away, so I don't know how well it is holding up). My next cutting board project will be an end grain cutting board from maple and walnut. I called it "edge grain" but I meant, "end grain" in the following thread: