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Butcher Block Kitchen Counters Made of Maple Are the Most Popular
Maple happens to be the strongest North American hardwood. In addition, maple boasts a combination of colors that fit nearly any kitchen, whether its décor is rustic, traditional, modern or contemporary. After all, how can you go wrong with a durable wood that features beautiful tans and browns?
These Maple Countertops Are Made by John Boos, the Market Leader
Boos has been making butcher blocks since the late 1800s. The company first catered to blacksmiths in need of sturdy surfaces on which to do heavy pounding. Once butcher shops realized these blocks were well-suited to their needs as well, demand spiked. Decades later, home chefs discovered the versatility and resilience of butcher block and a new market for wood kitchen counters developed.
Choosing Maple for Your Butcher Block Counters Is Only the First Step
Next you must decide on a grain style. Options include edge, end and blended-grain styles. Edge-style maple is popular since it showcases maple’s fairly consistent coloration. End-grain counters, which feature maple slugs stood on end and arranged in a checkerboard pattern, are strongest; and blended style counters are most affordable, since short strips of maple can be utilized in their making.
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