Butcher Block Elite Grade

Depending on the effect you want and the type of wood and stain you’re using, you will want to vary the thickness of the washcoat by controlling the solids content. One destroyed cutting board, one injured planer, one adult who pooped his pants and one very annoyed wife who has had to take me to hospital. As an example, in most maple wood cutting boards, the strips of wood can be glued together randomly, resulting in a mixture of both grains (a.k.a. mixed grain). In some instances, considering the pore frequency can prove to be an important distinguishing factor in identification. This looked interesting because it suggested the wood and the end grain bond were similar in strength.

The sad thing is I used to sand my end grain down to 400 but stopped because all I thought I was doing it for was to get out the cross scratches and found that 320 was good enough for that. But in the board in this blog post, I cut the end off with my old Stanley miter saw (nice clean, straight cut!) and then hit it with 220 grit and then 320 grit before applying a few coats of Armor Seal. Continue working the end grain right along with all of the faces of your boards.

This allows those board makers to control not only their source but to control the process and assure that their wood is never kiln dried, stored or transported with pressure treated wood. First, he saws the log in quarters, then slices each quarter into boards, either by cutting boards from the two flat sides alternately or by gang-sawing the quarter (making parallel cuts).


To see why, suppose we have a screw driven into end grain that will pull out when the total force on it is 100 lbs. I still have the first board lying around the shop as a constant reminder to NEVER run end grain through the thickness planer. The sample above is Bamboo (possibly Phyllostachys spp.), which shows subtle interruptions in the grain pattern at the nodes (seen in the right-hand third of the face grain portion). Larch Wood’s Nyle Kiln, manufactured in Maine USA, can dry up to 18,000 board feet at a time.

The chemical composition of wood varies from species to species, but is approximately 50% carbon, 42% oxygen, 6% hydrogen, 1% nitrogen, and 1% other elements (mainly calcium , potassium , sodium , magnesium , iron , and manganese ) by weight. Larch Wood Canada is nestled along the Margaree River, renowned for its salmon fishing, it was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1998. Oils and resin can leach into foods you are preparing, so it is important to consider in the case of rare or exotic woods not typically used in cutting board construction. Grain wood without a pilot hole, the wood surrounding the screw is compressed in both the longitudinal and transverse directions.

Each is patterned with zigzag and herringbone motifs, created by cutting offcuts of pine into five-millimetre-thick pieces and then glueing them together in alternate orientations. If you consider that most wood cells have a roughly straw-shaped structure , you can see that the moisture can travel more quickly into the wood from an end-grain cut. I had a nasty kickback while planing some end-grain cutting boards just before Xmas-1/128,000 at a time, like Marc says. Wood species with large cells are said to have a coarse texture, while those with smaller cells have a fine texture.

The floors are easy to lay, although installing end grain wood flooring is slightly more complicated than other types of wooden flooring, but it’s normally worth it.. They are laid in virtually the same way as a regular tiled floor by using adhesives. Ask, and most people will tell you that the primary purpose of drilling a pilot hole is to make it easier to drive the screw into the wood. The end grain of a piece of wood functions remarkably similar and thus can self-heal” itself. I have three and use one for meat, one for fish and one for veg – the only exception being onions and garlic, for which I use a plastic board.

It has a medium to fine texture with a luster that ranges from medium to high; its grain is usually straight but can be wavy or irregular. Now our industrial black wood block flooring uses light colored wood preservatives/treatments, cold adhesives, which seals the blocks with black coatings to create the same appearance. Since a cutting board is in frequent contact with water and other liquids, it is more prone to warping than many other wooden items that have similar construction methods (i.e. most table tops).