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Green and Brown and Hard All Over

Key Features:
  • Constructed from durable moso bamboo.
  • Available unfinished or with a food-safe mineral oil and beeswax finish.
  • End-grain parquet pattern, natural and “caramelized” (shown) color options.
  • Comes in 30” x 96” x 1-1/2” and 36” x 72” x 1-1/2” or custom sizes up to 4' x 8' x 3”.
  • $22-$28 a square foot from on-line retailers.
  • Pricing as of 2012.
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  • Bamboo Parquet Butcher Block
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by Deborah Holmes, Ebricks.com
Despite the fact that bamboo is not wood (it's actually grass), the stalky weed gives most hardwoods a run for their money in terms of strength and value. Teragren takes advantage of bamboo's durability by turning it into end-grain butcher block with a beautifully subtle parquet pattern.

Like the hardwood equivalent, Teragren's bamboo butcher block is food safe (thanks to the formaldehyde-free glue used in manufacturing), easy to finish and refinish, and durable enough to use as a cutting surface.

The manufacturer claims that the finished product is actually more durable than common hardwoods – 29% harder than North American hard maple and 45% harder than northern red oak, to be exact.

It's economical, too. At $22-$28 a square foot, pricing is lower than most hardwood butcher block. Two standard sizes, 30” x 96” x 1.5” and 36” x 72” x 1.5” are available. The manufacturer can also produce custom sizes up to 4' x 8' x 3”. Experienced woodworkers can cut and shape the block themselves with standard woodworking tools.

Available unfinished or with a food-safe mineral oil and beeswax finish.

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