Butcher block can be made out of nearly any wood—or any combination of woods—configured with its grain showing on the flat, on the edge, or on the end. Here are some of our favorite looks and colors for a kitchen accent
Santos mahogany, zebrawood, and wenge—set together in blocks of end grain—add pop. The combination also hides knife marks well and has superior stability for longevity. Mixed end grain, 2½ inches thick, around $123, from The Grothouse Lumber Co.