What is ChopBloc?

ChopBloc makes custom butcher block cutting boards and countertops. We have some of the most beautiful blocks in the world. We are 100% made in the USA.

End Grain vs Edge Grain?

Traditionally, butcher blocks are end grain and cutting boards are edge grain. Although more expensive, End grain is better for your knives, require less maintenance and will last longer than an edge grain cutting board.

What oil should I use?

Food-grade mineral oil or a wax-based butcher block oil, Howards is a great brand and available at your hardware store.

What oils should I not use?

Organic oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil should not be used, they have fats that can turn rancid over time.

Glass Cutting Boards?

Glass is nonporous and easy to clean, however, glass is the worst for your knives.

Plastic Cutting Boards?

Plastic is easy to maintain and is gentler on your knives, but not nearly as long lasting as wood. Over time, plastic cutting boards can become ‘furry’ allowing the plastic to harbor bacteria. In addition, plastics are bad for the environment.


When ordering an end grain or edge grain style countertop that will NOT be a working surface, we highly suggest getting a lacquer finish to seal and protect the wood.

Are some wood types better than others?

You can put wood into two categories, ‘Hardwoods’ and ‘Softwoods.’ In general, if you are using any hardwood for a cutting board or butcher block, you have made the correct decision. All the woods we use are hardwoods.

Caring for your cutting board or butcher block

Wash with soapy water, rinse and dry after each use, oil regularly with food-grade mineral oil or butcher block oil.

How do I get rid of stains?

Dab with peroxide to lift the stain.

How do I sanitize the board?

You can use a solution of 1-TBSP of bleach to 1-quart of water or a 1:1 ratio of vinegar to water.

How do I get rid of odors?

Keep the board oiled and clean to prevent odors.