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Forum topic by harum posted 01-10-2014 04:47 AM 2179 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2014 04:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question walnut joining

Now that my first cutting board is done, I am about to go ahead with my first kitchen countertop, about 40” x 26” x 1-3/4”, edge grain, out of two 9-ft. walnut boards and plan to finish it with Waterlox.

One of the walnut boards is on the photo:

I have realized that, with the same lumber, instead of an edge-grain top, it can be an end-grain. My question was, Is there an obvious reason for choosing one of them over the other when using walnut? Or this is just a matter of personal preference? Would an end-grain be much better in terms of durability and looks (provided I do a decent job)? Would appreciate any comment. Best wishes, h.

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 06:38 AM

End grain is a lot more durable. Basically it is the same as end grain vs edgegrain cutting boards. If I would have the material and patience to make an end-grain countertop, I would definitely go with that.

Reasoning being that I could comfortably use it for all of my cooking needs without being worried about damaging the surface.

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