The most common use for a wood surface is a wood cutting board counter top. This is because wood surfaces can be easily sanded and renewed of knife marks caused from food preparation.
Wood tops can be crafted in flat, edge, or end grain construction style. End grain construction style is considered to be the best surface for cutting, chopping, and direct food preparation. Knives stay sharper longer on these surfaces because the edge slips between the fibers rather than slicing across them.
However, the most important requirement in order to be used as a cutting board is that the wood counter top must be finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. When the knife marks are made in the wood top, the surface can be sanded and refinished with the oil to look like new.
Wood Cutting Board Counter Top Design Inspiration
LS Lindstrom LLC designed this Wenge wood counter top crafted in edge grain construction. This counter top can be used as a cutting board because it is finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. The wood counter makes for a great food preparation space due to the clever placement of the sink. Easily transfer freshly washed fruits and vegetables from the cleaning area to the food prep area.
Blue Bell Kitchens designed this Walnut wood cutting board counter top crafted in end grain construction. This cutting board includes a trash hole for easy clean up after food preparation.
Visit our Houzz profile to view more designs with a wood cutting board counter top.
As decorating styles evolve and diversify, Grothouse continues to expand its product choices. The Trencher Cutting Board is a uniquely crafted working surface exclusively available at Grothouse.
The gradual sloped design collects juices in the well at the back of the board—and away from the work area—making it a popular choice for slicing watermelon, citrus and carving meat. The ascending wall keeps flying vegetables, like carrots, at bay and confined to the cutting surface.
The trencher reverses to a flat surface, perfect for slicing bread or serving hors d’oeuvres. The flat reverse side of the cutting board can also be used for general chopping and prepping tasks.
Trencher Cutting Board Specifications
The Trencher measures to be 15 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Only weighing 6 pounds, it can be easily transported from one area to another. The wood species is Sapele Mahogany. It has red and brown tones with iridescent stripes for a truly remarkable appearance.
The trencher can be cleaned with mild soap and water. It is important to periodically oil the trencher with Grothouse Original Oil™to ensure the surface is properly moisturized. To learn how to properly oil the cutting board, read the instructions here.
Trencher Cutting Boards can include Laser Engraving. Anything can be laser engraved, from pictures to logos to words, the possibilities are limitless. The text ‘The Grothouse Lumber Company’ in the trencher pictured was strategically placed at the end of the cutting board so that no crumbs get stuck in the engraving.
This feature allows you to truly customize your trencher. Many designers use laser engraved cutting boards for Christmas gifts, charitable donations, and much more.
Grothouse Wood Polish™ is the best polish for moisturizing and concealing minor scratches on cabinetry, furniture, and Grothouse Wood Surfaces with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish.
Our wood polish is a hand mixed, organic beeswax. The natural ingredients create a refreshing lemon scent. The ingredients in our polish include organic beeswax, organic carnauba, refined linseed oil pressed from North American seeds, herbal essential oils, and tree resins. It is biodegradable, has a very low toxicity, no chemical fumes and no petroleum or solvents.
This old-world recipe of all natural ingredients has been handed down through many generations of a French family. The timeless recipe is colorless, reassuring it does not change the color of the wood after application.
How to use Grothouse Wood Polish™
You can easily use the Grothouse Wood Polish by following the simple steps listed below. You will need a tin of our polish and two clean cloths.
» Apply a small amount of the French polish to the wood surface with a clean cloth.
» Rub the polish onto the wood in a circular motion.
» Let the polish stand for one hour.
» Then buff the wood to a new shine with a clean cloth.
» For best results or first time use, consider waiting overnight before buffing.
» You can apply our natural wood polish when minor scratches appear on the wood surface.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our polish. You can call and speak to a member of our customer service team at 610-767-6515 or you can email email@example.com.
Our wood polish is a great solution for those who wish to purchase Spekva oil since it is no longer available. You can purchase the polish from the Grothouse Online Store.
A classically designed cutting and serving board storage system, The Butcher Block Prestige Chef Box™ is designed to fill all of your kitchen food preparation and food presentation needs. The Prestige Chef’s Box includes a series of cutting boards, all fashioned with custom features for culinary endeavors, stored beautifully in a solidly built case.
Prestige Chef Box | The Cutting Boards:
The standard cutting board size is 1-3/8″ thick x 16-1/4” deep and 18-1/8″ wide. The cutting boards are crafted in edge grain construction. The boards can be ordered in any of the wood species we offer. The depth and width can be adjusted to meet your specifications. Clients can customize the topography of each board based on the intended use. The cutting board pictured below includes juice grooves around the outside of the board and in the center of the board creating an image of a tree. Juice grooves are great for carving meat because all of the juices collect in the grooves, allowing a clean preparation space.
Prestige Chef Box | The Case:
A hand made, all solid hardwood box is custom designed to hold your size and number of cutting boards. The case is assembled with box joint joinery. The case can be ordered in any of the species of wood we offer and will be automatically sized to fit the number of cutting boards and size of cutting boards you specify. The typical thickness of the box walls are 3/4″. You can choose a 3 drawer or 5 drawer configuration. Rubber feet are standard and will be installed on the bottom of the case.
Prestige Chef Box | Finish:
The standard finish for the cutting boards is Grothouse Original Oil™. Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish is not recommend for the cutting boards. This is because most food preparation applications include cutting or chopping, which would scratch the finish.
The cutting boards are finished with Grothouse Original Oil™. You will need to care for the cutting boards by oiling them. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of once a week for the first month after you receive your box and monthly thereafter. The frequency will vary based on the environment and amount of use. The boards should be oiled when they appear visually dry.
» Letting a board dry out because of a lack of oil is the #1 cause of problems of cutting boards. Oiling will help keep that beautiful sheen and create the desired patina. It will also prevent cracking.
» You can wash your surface by hand using anti-bacterial dish soap and warm water. If required, add a small amount of bleach or vinegar to water for extra bacteria killing power.
» Use a steel scraper to keep the top free of food build-up. When required you can use 220 grit sandpaper to keep the top smooth and free of knife marks. For deeper cuts, start with 150 grit sandpaper and then use to 220 grit sandpaper to finish. Always oil the top after sanding.
» Do not expose cutting boards to excessive heat, cold or moisture! Never put in a microwave or dishwasher. Never place on stove burners.
» The Durata® case can be cleaned with soap and water; furniture polish may also be used if desired.
» Please allow 30 days for the Durata® Finish to fully harden after receipt of your box.
You can learn more information about the Prestige Chef’s Box on our website. To order your very own, Request a Quote.