How Many Cutting Boards Does a Home Cook Really Need?

How Many Cutting Boards Does a Home Cook Really Need?

HINT: You Need One Board for Each of Snow White’s Dwarfs.
According to Bob Davis, an accomplished amateur gourmet and a loyal Butcher Block Co. customer, the answer is SEVEN cutting boards. Read his rundown below.

For more than half a century Bob has been preparing meals for his family and his friends in his home kitchen. Over the years, that home kitchen has been located in Florida, Louisiana, Colorado, California, and Arizona. That geographic diversity has exposed Bob to a wide range of local cuisines, contributing to his culinary expertise. Italian and Cajun recipes are among Bob’s go-to favorites. 

small cutting board

Chef Bob’s Must-Have Cutting Board #1

John Boos Chop-N-Slice Small Utility Board 10″ x 5″ x 1″ Maple Butcher Block

“I use this board more often than any other”, Bob explains. “It’s small and lightweight so perfect for times when all I really need to do is to slice a lime, tomato, or onion, for instance.”

paddle board

Chef Bob’s Must-Have Cutting Board #2

John Boos Long, Narrow Paddle Serving Board 20″ x 5″ x 3/4″ in Maple, Cherry or Walnut

According to Bob, “This is a great ‘presentation board.’ I enjoy showing it off when serving cheese and crackers or meat appetizers. It’s also perfect for passing a hot loaf of bread around the dinner table.”

herb board

Chef Bob’s Must-Have Cutting Board #3

John Boos Maple Herb Board 13” Diameter x 2-1/4″ Maple Butcher Block

Chef Bob explains, “For dicing herbs and spices I prefer using a rocker blade in a scooped-out board like the Boos Herb Board. Because the board is concave, herb and spice fragments fall to the dead center of the bowl. Since it’s nearly impossible for any ingredients to escape from the board’s indentation, more of these spice and herb fragments wind up in my creation, plus, I’m left with less of a mess to clean up.”

reversible board

Chef Bob’s Must-Have Cutting Board #4

John Boos Reversible, Grooved, Square Cutting Board 12” x 12” or 15” x 15”, 1-3/4″ Thick

“This is the most versatile board a chef can own,” Bob declares. “I typically use the flat, non-grooved side for straightforward meal prep. It’s the perfect size for preparing a meal for just one or two. When carving a piece of meat, the groove on the board’s flip side comes in handy. It catches excess meat juice and holds any fat or gristle I slice away for discarding later.”

Chef Bob’s Must-Have Cutting Board #5

Paddle-shaped Pizza Board

Unfortunately, John Boos & Co. does not offer a large board designed for serving pizza, so Chef Bob had to settle for an off-brand paddle board.

“My pizza board gets lots of use, especially when my grandkids visit,” Bob claims. “I enjoy making pizza from scratch and love mixing tasty meats and vegetables in different combinations. What I like most about my large paddle board is how easy it makes the task of removing pizza from the oven and moving it to the dinner table.”

cherry cutting board

Chef Bob’s Must-Have Cutting Board #6


John Boos Reversible Cutting Board 18″ x 12″ x 1-1/2”, in Maple or Cherry

“This is my second-most-often-used board,” Bob explains. “First, it’s so spacious that I can slice onions, tomatoes, peppers and cilantro all at the same time, yet keep them apart. Second, to start fresh with a clean, dry surface, all you need do is flip the board over to reveal a pristine surface.”

board

Chef Bob’s Must-Have Cutting Board #7

John Boos Large, Grooved, Reversible Board 20″ x 15″ or 24” x 18” x 1-1/2″

“I call this one my Monster Board,” declares Chef Bob. “It’s my go-to board whenever I’m cooking a roast or steaks for larger gatherings.”

“One side of the board has a juice groove that catches meat juice and holds scraps. The opposite, flat side is just an easy flip away.”

So, there you have it, folks – Chef Bob’s rundown on the seven cutting boards every home cook should have on hand. Although he can’t make any promises, Bob believes that if you follow his recommendations, you, just like Snow White and the dwarfs, will live happily ever after.

Visit Butcher Block Co. for hundreds of cutting boards from which to choose.

2020 Holiday Shopping Season Arrived Early This Year!

2020 Holiday Shopping Season Arrived Early This Year!

Retailers across the globe are already in the midst of holiday sale events…in October! While it’s not unusual to see a spattering of holiday promotions before Halloween, this year is clearly an outlier. Retailers have kicked off the holiday shopping season earlier than ever for a number of sound reasons.

First, brick-and-mortar stores, wisely seeking to minimize big crowds in the face of a global pandemic, are attempting to smooth out foot traffic. Many have scaled back or altogether eliminated plans for Black Friday doorbuster sales. Instead, they’re striving to spread their in-store sales across more weeks than in years past.

Second, major retailers are feeling pressure to shift into high gear earlier this year for fear of missing out. With millions of Americans out of work due to the Covid-19-induced recession, and predictions that we’ll see fewer and smaller holiday gatherings so less gift-giving, the expectation is that overall holiday shopping and spending will decline this year. So retailers are aggressively competing over what’s expected to be a smaller pie.

Since 2015, Amazon has staged their premier annual sale event – Prime Day – during summer; until this year, that is. In 2020 the world’s largest E-commerce business postponed Prime Day to keep focus on stabilizing supply chains thrown into turmoil when a huge swath of consumers shifted to online shopping almost overnight in conjunction with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Once Amazon announced Prime Day 2020 would occur on October 13-14, major brick-and-mortar retailers advanced their holiday sales events. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, even preempted Amazon, kicking off their “Big Save Event” on the preceding Sunday – October 11. Target elected to go head to head against Amazon by running their Target Deal Days concurrently with Amazon’s Prime Day on October 13 and 14.

There’s a fourth critical reason why retailers are encouraging shoppers to pull the trigger earlier this year – expected product sourcing challenges and shipping bottlenecks. This year more than ever, consumers are focused on exercise gear, gaming consoles, and home-cooking related wares, such as butcher blocks, kitchen work tables and carts, wood cutting boards, kitchen knives and knife blocks.

So when we at the Butcher Block Co. encourage shoppers to lock in their purchases early this year, it’s not due merely to self-interest. Of course, we appreciate the business, but more importantly, we want shoppers to increase their chances of scoring the exact gifts they want and to receive them before Christmas.

As families spend more time at home, especially in their kitchens, people are rediscovering the joy of preparing their own meals. That’s great news, but heightened demand can create downsides. For example, demand for John Boos products has been so through the roof this year that lead times on many Boos top-sellers are running two weeks longer than normal. That’s why this year we are encouraging early holiday shopping. Please place orders for Boos products by November 6. Most of the Butcher Block Co.’s other suppliers carry some product inventory and do not make-to-order, so their Christmas cutoff dates are later in the year.

Celebrating a Virtual Thanksgiving

Celebrating a Virtual Thanksgiving

Without a doubt, this year many of us will experience Thanksgiving celebrations that are outside historical norms. Those of us who typically enjoy a Thanksgiving feast dining solo or in the company of immediate family may not change things up. But those of us who traditionally celebrate the holiday in large gatherings that include extended families and close friends might be well advised to mix things up this year, in light of that ultimate party crasher, Covid-19.

So this time around, it’s wise to plan two events in parallel. First, there’s the in-person meal and the cherished ritual of expressing our thanks for all our blessings. But more than ever before, this year hosts and hostesses should give thought to how to share the feast and festivities with virtual guests – that is, family and friends who will be present in spirit only. A virtual Thanksgiving – by way of photos, a video, a video call or live streaming – can bring everyone together for the holiday.

You’ve been through the drill with respect to preparing and serving Thanksgiving dinner, so you know how important it is to pay attention to such details as menu planning, grocery shopping, preparation, and more preparation. The good news is you still have time to put in place a solid foundation to make Thanksgiving 2020 especially memorable. But keep in mind that demand for kitchen furniture and accessories has never been higher, so don’t put off shopping!

Equip yourself with high-quality, durable and sanitary butcher block work surfaces for all your food preparation. John Boos & Co. is the go-to trusted brand for all things butcher block – counter and island tops, work tables, kitchen carts, and most importantly, carving boards, cutting boards and chopping blocks. Make your holiday meal prep easier and treat yourself to a new butcher block.

As they say, the proof is in the tasting. But “presentation” may be everything! And that brings us back to butcher block – as gorgeous as it is functional. Some of our customers have ordered a new Foundry Collection table for their virtual Thanksgiving gathering. And many folks are tossing their old carving boards and upgrading to a board to last a lifetime. After all, you want the virtual story you share with friends and loved ones to showcase your excellent taste in kitchen tools and accessories, as well as the fruits of your labor.

To avoid kicking yourself later, remember to take pictures and record video during each phase of the process – as you prep and stage food; as you arrange each masterpiece; as your guests admire it and finally dig in; and eventually, as everyone moans about overstuffing themselves. This will help everyone appreciate the effort involved, better understand participants’ relationships, conjure up great memories later, and maybe even stoke appetites at the same time.

And while delicious food and magnificent presentation are at the heart of any Thanksgiving extravaganza, the soul of the holiday is found in our giving of thanks and in cherishing the time we spend with one another.

Summertime Care For Butcher Block With An Oil Finish

Summertime Care For Butcher Block With An Oil Finish

Most butcher blocks come pre-treated with a food-safe, natural oil finish that moisturizes and protects the wood and makes it safe for food preparation, including cutting.

Summertime temperature and humidity changes could cause your natural oil finish butcher block to dry and crack.

With a little TLC now, you can protect your investment for the future.

summertime care TLC

For summertime care, apply John Boos Mystery Oil now, to help moisturize and restore your butcher block.

Mystery Oil is an all-natural blend of white mineral oil, carnauba wax and beeswax that restores wood by replenishing moisture lost through repeated washings and simple evaporation.

Summertime care Oil

Apply Mystery Oil liberally to the surfaces of your butcher block. Spread the oil using a clean, dry cloth. Wait several hours, or even overnight, for it to soak in. Wipe off any excess oil with a paper towel.

Repeat every 3 to 4 weeks to keep your butcher blocks in tip-top condition and to extend their useful lives.

For extra summertime care, apply Boos Beeswax Board Cream after the Mystery Oil treatment to help seal in the moisture.

John Boos Introduces Foundry Collection Dining Table Sets

John Boos Introduces Foundry Collection Dining Table Sets

Press Release – The New Foundry Collection Line Includes Rustic Dining Tables and Complementary Dining Benches and Stools

Illinois-based John Boos & Co. unveiled an all-new line of dining table sets: The Boos Block® Foundry Collection. According to marketing materials for the new product line, these dining tables, stools and benches meld together Boos butcher blocks, for which the company is best known, and table, stool and bench bases constructed of steel forged into shapely designs; hence the name, Foundry Collection.

While Foundry Collection table tops are the same butcher blocks that Boos long ago made famous, the bases of these tables incorporate features that truly distinguish Foundry Collection tables from all predecessors. First, table bases will come in two modern designs: Pub Style and Bistro Style. The legs of Pub Style bases are convex; they flare outward to provide a stout and stately look. Bistro Style bases, on the other hand, are concave. They gently taper inward and convey sleekness and elegance. The steel bases of both table designs will be powder-coated to enhance safety and appearance.

What really sets a Foundry Collection table apart is a second butcher block that’s incorporated into the base of the table. Spanning the distance between the table’s two steel trestles, this butcher block is anchored to each support. This second board, known as a “stringer,” adds structural stability as well as visual accent to the base structure.

Boos will offer both styles of Foundry Collection tables in four wood species – maple, walnut, cherry, and oak; in three heights; and in 6 sizes. In sum, that’s 24 different looks and 144 variations in total. Boos is also offering two seating solutions – dining stools and benches – in complementary designs. Boos benches will also incorporate stringers.

Foundry Collection – Bistro Style table with matching stools

According to the company’s Vice President of Marketing, Steve Pless,

“We saw an opportunity to increase our dining table sales by designing distinctively different tables that still showcase what we’re known for – naturally beautiful Boos butcher blocks. Our design team came up with two great-looking styles, and the butcher block stringer extends the wood look from above the table into its base structure.”

Pless explained that Boos is partnering with its longtime online dealer Butcher Block Co. to make the new line available to the public in time for the critical holiday shopping season. “A broad rollout is planned for early next year. Meanwhile, the Foundry Collection line will be available online only, exclusively at ButcherBlockCo.com,” he added.

Kathleen Grodsky, Butcher Block Co.’s Vice President of Marketing, seems excited about prospects for the new line. “Boos’s design team did a fabulous job marrying the beauty of butcher block with two attractive table base designs. Foundry Collection tables will fill a void in Butcher Block Co.’s product catalog. It’s great to now be able to offer modern industrial, rustic dining tables to homeowners and commercial customers seeking innovative, cutting-edge designs.”

Antimicrobial Efficacy of Oiled John Boos Cutting Boards Is Validated

Antimicrobial Efficacy of Oiled John Boos Cutting Boards Is Validated

Scientific Research Has Substantiated the Antimicrobial Efficacy of John Boos Wood Cutting Boards Protected with Boos Mystery Oil and Boos Block® Board Cream.

John Boos & Co., with headquarters and manufacturing facilities in the Central Illinois town of Effingham, dates back to 1887. That’s when founder Conrad Boos carved his first wooden block from a Sycamore tree for use as a blacksmith’s sturdy work table. Recognizing that meat butchers too had need for rugged chopping tables, Boos’ son John expanded the family’s product line. Today, Boos’ ubiquitous butcher blocks and wooden cutting boards are trusted by professional and celebrity chefs and preferred by aspiring gourmets because of their design, craftsmanship, beauty, and functionality.

But there’s another reason for pros and amateurs alike to flock to Boos cutting boards: their antimicrobial properties. This characteristic of properly oiled Boos Rock Maple cutting boards was assessed by Professor Nenad Miljkovic of the University of Illinois and his team of researchers who are experts in the areas of nanoengineered surfaces and coating technologies.

Miljkovic and his team studied NSF-approved Boos cutting boards made of U.S. Northern Hard Rock Maple. NSF is an independent evaluative and testing organization that assesses the raw materials a manufacturer uses, plus its manufacturing processes and practices. The NSF designation signals that the product that carries it meets recognized food service industry standards designed to promote public health.

The key finding of the university’s research team was that once a Boos NSF-certified maple cutting board used to carve meat was then coated with Boos Block Board Cream and Boos Mystery Oil, the level of bacteria on its surface was reduced to “a ‘clean level’ in just three hours.”

The researchers determined that application of the two moisturizing substances created a hydrophobic, or water-resisting, barrier on the boards that made it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to the wood.

Furthermore, they concluded that Boos Mystery Oil helped any meat juice remaining on the surface of the board be absorbed into the fibers of the wood, where naturally occurring enzymes found in Northern Hard Rock Maple killed off any remaining bacteria. 

Professor Miljkovic stated that, “Prior to this project, we believed the function of cutting board oil was simply to prevent drying of the wood, but our research showed that it actually enables microbes to absorb into the wood grain, which contain antimicrobial enzymes that kill bacteria. We found that USA grown Northern Hard Rock Maple, used by John Boos & Co. to create cutting boards, was the most effective species of hardwood that contained these antimicrobial enzymes, which kill bacteria.”

For more information, please visit https://butcherblockco.com, a leading online dealer of John Boos products.

Customized Butcher Block Made Your Way!

Customized Butcher Block Made Your Way!

Customized butcher block kitchen island tops and countertops is our sweet spot here at Butcher Block Co.! It is what we do every day. While standard size butcher block may work for some folks, we have found that the majority of our customers have very specific requirements to fit their kitchen islands, island bars, or countertops. Often they require unique dimensions, custom angle cuts, miter cuts, sink cutouts or stove cutouts.

For customized butcher block island tops or countertops requiring just specific length and width specifications, including custom edging, chances are you can have some fun with our Instant Quote Tool and get an online quote yourself. Visit our John Boos Instant Quote Tool, email a quote to yourself, or order immediately. It’s fast and easy!

If your customized butcher block island top or countertops require special cuts or cutouts, simply give us a call at (877) 845-5597 and we will be happy to work with you on a custom quote. The process is pretty simple:

  • Specifications – Identify all of your specifications, including wood species, dimensions and a simple sketch, then email them to us.
  • Conversation – We will call you to discuss details.
  • Quote – A firm quote will be provided for your butcher block.
  • Order – We will place a phone order with you. If you have custom cutouts for appliances, we will ask you for make and model numbers.
  • Signature Approval – A simple engineering drawing from the manufacture will be sent to you for approval prior to production.
  • Anticipation – This just requires a little patience on your end, as we make your customized butcher block!

Perhaps you are looking for a unique species of wood, if so, consider our Butcher Block Co. brand of countertops available in 15 different wood species. This would also be your choice if you have requirements for an XL butcher block, an unfinished butcher block, or you were on a tighter time frame, as these tops are made within 3 weeks, plus shipping. Our BBCo. brand custom butcher block is handcrafted by Amish woodworkers who pay special attention to detail and quality workmanship.

Go ahead and play with our BBCo. brand Instant Online Quote Tool. It is a wonderful way to research and plan a kitchen remodel in the privacy of your own home. No pressure. Just generate a quote and email it to yourself.

We would love for you to become one of our happy customers.

Every day we work with DIY homeowners, contractors and designers to help them customize butcher block their way!

We also have worked with small restaurant owners to outfit both their front of house and back of house with customized butcher block. And, we are also available to help home builders and other commercial businesses looking to integrate butcher block into their projects.

Reminder… you always get FREE SHIPPING on your butcher block island tops and countertops from Butcher Block Co. Let us know if we can help you. Give us a call at (877) 845-5597 or email us with your specs at [email protected]. Cheers!

Little Workshop of Horrors

Little Workshop of Horrors

My workshop. First off, I admit I am certainly not the neatest of handymen, nor among the best organized. This photo of my garage workshop reveals as much. It’s also evidence of the fact that I shun comprehensive, strategic planning that might otherwise result in solutions that prove smart over the long-term. Instead, I tend to jump into home projects willy-nilly, making series of one-off decisions that each seem perfect in the moment. That’s how I wound up cobbling together this nightmare of a home workshop – an amalgam of work tables of various sizes, shapes and styles.

My first acquisition. A versatile, Seville Classics mobile storage cabinet (pictured at left) was a sensible one. It provided then-adequate enclosed storage via a cabinet with an adjustable shelf plus four drawers that glide easily on ball bearings. The unit’s top is a ¾”-thick wood workbench with a smooth, hard finish (presumably polyurethane). At the time it seemed as though this workbench tool cart would satisfy all my needs for my lifetime. I was so young and naïve. Like most obsessed tinkerers, I was constantly discovering new tools and gadgets that I simply had to add to my workshop. One of these, a set of those; you get the picture. A pegboard with assorted hooks and holders made a good home for hand tools…for a while. It wasn’t long before my workbench on wheels was maxed out.

Additions. Over time the projects I undertook expanded in scope, as did my collection of hand and power tools and all their various attachments. Pegboard soon covered the adjacent wall as well. I shopped around for workbenches but ultimately decided to build one myself. A fairly simple creation, it provided added open storage on a lower slatted wood shelf, plus a larger and sturdier work surface compared to that original tool cart. The work bench top is 1-1/2”-thick maple edge-grain butcher block with a natural oil finish and it fits the bill to a T. Still I remained on the prowl for more benchtop work space as well as enclosed storage space to satisfy my insatiable appetite for more and more guy stuff (reminiscent of Audrey II – the carnivorous plant in “Little Shop of Horrors” crying out, “Feed me, Seymour!”). So next, I repurposed a discarded desk with colorful metal-faced drawers. I make good use of the desk’s drawers, as well as its ¾”-thick laminated worktop. But still, something was missing from my little workshop of horrors.

More butcher block.Then it hit me like a brick. The idea was to use the converted desk and narrow bookshelf situated to its right – on which I store still more tools and such – to support a massive butcher block that would become the literal cornerstone of my Frankenstein-like creation. It would span the corner gap between the storage cart on the left and the butcher block work table on the right.

In this picture you can see the answer to my tool shop dreams (or little workshop nightmares?). It’s resting on the floor in front of the tool cart. It’s a 2-1/4-inch-thick commercial-grade blended maple butcher block made by industry leader John Boos & Co. in Central Illinois. The block is finished with Varnique – Boos’ own varnish-like blend that provides a protective shield and makes cleanup easy. Boos workbenches provide all the functionality and durability handypersons could want or need for their home workshops. This particular block started out 48 inches long and 34 inches wide. Custom cuts – one straight and one mitered – made it just the right shape to fit the corner and to maximize the amount of available benchtop workspace.

I’m very pleased with the end result. Deceptively, it almost looks as though I followed some grand design vision. But you, Dear Reader, now know better. Oh well, as they say, “All’s well that ends well.”

Coffee Table Design Takes Butcher Block Out Of The Kitchen

Coffee Table Design Takes Butcher Block Out Of The Kitchen

John Boos butcher block has been around for over 130 years and has been used in residential gourmet kitchens and commercial kitchens alike. But butcher block is not just for kitchens anymore! It’s finding its way into other rooms of the home. Perhaps it is the current DIY craze shared through Pinterest lovers that inspire people to create differently. And maybe it is the rise of the rustic-chic and mid-century modern influences that affect home décor now. But whatever the case, no one is going to stop you from taking butcher block out of the kitchen and into the rest of your home.

A while back we featured the DIY walnut butcher block kitchen table that’s the centerpiece of our kitchen. But looking around my house, I see I have more butcher block in other rooms of my home than I do in my kitchen, notwithstanding all our butcher block cutting boards. for instance, I have 15 feet of walnut edge grain butcher block in my home office, which serves as a beautiful desk and provides abundant workspace. Plus, we have over 8 feet of maple butcher block workbench in the garage; and another lovely walnut end-grain butcher block table in a guest bedroom. I know I have access to more butcher block than the average person, but the point is that with a little imagination you can easily design butcher block into other rooms of your home.

butcher block

Our most recent project is this hunky end-grain butcher block we made into a handsome coffee table for our living room!

INSPIRATION

The impetus behind this project started with our 68 pound dog, Kirby, who jumped on our leather sectional and put a huge hole through the cushion. Now granted, it was an old couch, but it happened to fit perfectly in our living room; so much so, that we had it re-upholstered and re-stuffed three times over the years. We did end up replacing the sectional with two new mid-century modern couches.  But then it was clear that our coffee table did not match, was very beat up and was 4” higher than the new couch cushions. So, we needed to replace it, too. Inspiration for our new DIY coffee table came from a number of places, one of which was from our customer, Kaleb, who built a coffee table for his home from a 4” thick end grain butcher block. For our project we used a 7” thick standard size John Boos maple end grain butcher block, 36” x 25” that had been returned with some shipping damage on two corners. The damage did not affect the integrity of the piece, but it made the block unsightly and not saleable.

PREPARATION

If you are going to make a DIY butcher block coffee table, we recommend you purchase it unfinished, to save yourself prep time. In our case, we had an end grain block that already had a mineral oil finish. Because we didn’t want to oil our table every month, we needed to eliminate as much oil as possible from the wood. We let it dry out and then wiped it with denatured alcohol. We also spent a fair amount of time sanding the block with both a belt sander and an orbital sander to lessen the crushed corners. That also helped remove some oil and our sanding was successful in removing/hiding most of the damage. We decided to router all edges, including the top, bottom and corners with a ½” beveled (Chamfer) edge which removed enough wood to even out the damage. The most challenging part of this project was in trying to maneuver this 175 pound block!

FINISHING

The existing furniture in our living room is cherry stained and we wanted our natural maple end grain coffee table to blend in, so we chose a cherry finish Danish oil (DeftOil). Then we applied urethane finish to seal and protect (General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil & Urethane Topcoat – Satin finish). Given this butcher block weighs 175 pounds we needed legs that were not only stylish, but also strong enough to support it. We like the look of hairpin legs and think the style blends nicely with our mid-century modern couches. We determined a 9” leg would bring our table to the exact height we needed and we sourced them from DIY Hairpin Legs, ordered a set of four  ½” thick steel hairpin legs in jet black color, and were very pleased with the quality.

Here is the completed table.

Butcher Block coffee table

Feel free to comment and share with us your ideas for incorporating butcher block into other rooms of your home!

The Custom Baker’s Table of Your Dreams!

The Custom Baker’s Table of Your Dreams!

We are so thrilled to feature this Custom Baker’s Table from our customer, Anna, in Florida. When Anna originally called to get this table quoted, I assumed she was a professional chef, but it turns out this HUGE baker’s table is for her home! This is easily the largest baker’s table I’ve seen for home use, so I was super excited to get to work on this project.

Anna’s request was for a 168” long (that’s FOURTEEN FEET!) by 30” wide baker’s table, with a maple top, a stainless steel shelf for storage, a pan rack that holds eight sheet pans, and a set of three drawers. All of this was to be on a stainless steel base with commercial grade locking caster wheels. Anna decided on the placement of her drawers and pan rack, and I got to work with John Boos to get everything drawn up.

Baker's Table

Once the drawing was approved, Boos began building the baker’s table. It took right about three weeks for production and then was on its way to its new owner! According to Anna, “Getting it off the truck was a little exciting but we got it done with some help from friends.” The total shipment weight was nearly 800 pounds! We planned ahead and added liftgate service onto the order to aid in getting it off the truck. Thankfully, these baker’s tables ship “knocked down,” so customers are able to carry them inside piece by piece. Still, the maple top alone was around 300 pounds, so it’s a good thing Anna recruited friends!

Baker's Table

After assembling her baker’s table, Anna didn’t waste any time getting to work and utilizing all of her newfound prep space. “One day I made bread, rolls, breadsticks, and cookie bars and had room for cooling, kneading, my mixer, and proofing box all at one time!“ We are thrilled to see that it is getting put to good use!

Baker's Table

Thank you so much, Anna, for sharing your awesome baker’s table with us! We are delighted to show it off and hope it inspires more home bakers to get in the kitchen and get cookin’! If you’re in the market for a baker’s table for your own home or restaurant, you can view standard options here, or give us a call at 877-845-5597 to talk about a more custom project. If you order soon, you’ll have it in time for your holiday baking!