Edge-grain butcher block is probably the most popular construction style today. Edge-grain construction is used throughout the entire Michigan Maple Block line—for standard countertops, kitchen islands, commercial food service tops, professional cutting boards and industrial workbench tops.
Functionally, edge-grain butcher block is less durable relative to end-grain construction, but still provides an extremely solid work surface. As a cutting surface, edge-grain surfaces perform nearly as well as end-grain surfaces, but do show wear more quickly. Of course, the beauty of butcher block is what living brings in, sandpaper takes out. Butcher block can be easily restored to its original condition.
Stylistically, edge-grain features a tighter, more consistent grain pattern that runs parallel along the length of the top. Colors can vary within the same top and species, as both sapwood and heartwood is used in the construction.
Edge-grain butcher block is built by stacking wood staves of various lengths and widths on their sides—or edge. The staves are glued up with the exclusive Wood Welded® gluing process for maximum strength and durability.
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In Traverse City: 231-947-1400
Corner of South Airport Road and Park (across from Art Van Furniture)
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1480 S. West Bay Shore Drive (M22) Just south of the Village of Suttons Bay