Countertops made in this style will show a face-sawn open grain. Face-Sawn boards generally have the most grain detail running the length of each board parallel to the growth rings of the tree. This style of countertop produces a more formal look than any other construction style.
Edge grain countertops are generally less formal looking than plank style, but offer you the ability to cut on them if you wish too. Tighter, more consistent grain runs parallel to the length of each top and each board is between 1 1/2" -1-3/4"wide. This style of countertop can be built to thickness between 1 1/2" to 7".
Around the world, Butcher Block countertops were the staple of butcher shops for cutting on. This style has individual squares of wood typically 1-3/4" x 1 3/4" square set on end. End Grain tops can be built in two different formats: Running-course pattern (single species wood) or Checkerboard pattern(multi-species wood)