Whether you own a home based business or operate a store, at one time or another you will see end grain cutting boards displayed in most stores. These boards are a great addition to any kitchen or pantry and can help cut down on wasted food. While these products do come in a wide variety of materials, the most common types are wood and stainless steel. Depending upon your budget and available space, there is bound to be an end board that will work for your situation.
While wood is a popular material for these boards, it is important to note that this type of board is prone to splintering. While some types of wood such as oak are less susceptible, most woods are susceptible to splinters. This does not mean you should not purchase a wooden board, it simply means that you need to take proper precautions when handling them. If possible, choose a different wood such as medium density fiberboard (MDF) or particle board. Both of these materials are much less prone to splinters.
Another important factor to consider when purchasing this type of product is the thickness of the boards. While end grain cutting boards can be fairly thin, they should not be too thin since this type of product can cause damage to knives and other cutters that do not have a smooth finish. The most common thickness is one-quarter inch, which is about two thick boards.