Originally Posted by Indigo_Swale
Could someone kindly enlighten me as to what "end grain" means, exactly? And why it is generally so much more 'spensive than other kinds of wooden cutting boards?
Think of the classic butcher block cutting board made up of little squares or rectangles of wood, that's end grain. It's super hard, so it takes a beating from tools much more damaging than sharp knives. It was used in metal working shops as well.
The real cost comes from the extra time in manufacturing. End grain boards have to be cut and glued 2x, not just once. It also requires an obscene amount of sanding, something you don't have to do with edge grain. If I get a chance, I'll post an image of the boards I just finished, but you can see a video of one being made on the woodwhisper site, lookup the cut above video.