surface detail of a high end butcher-block kitchen worktable
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Kiln-dried hard-maple strips, about 1¾ by 1½ inch, laminated end-up, form a 4-inch-thick reddish-brown checkerboard, which may have black mineral specks. End grain is less likely to show scratches than edge grain but isn't necessarily easier on knives. Kept clean, dry, sanded, and oiled, the block should last decades.
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