Butcher Blocks

Butcher Blocks Combine Beauty & Strength to Add Elegance and Functionality to Kitchens 

Boos Gathering Blocks 
Boos Gathering blocks
Boos Rustica & LeRustica
Boos Rustica & LeRustica Blocks
Boos Cucina Laforza 
Boos Cucina Laforza butcher blocks
Boos Homestead Blocks
Boos Homestead Butcher Blocks

Contemporary John Boos

Contemporary John Boos "AA" Butcher Block, 16" Maple Block in 11 Sizes

$889.00 $1,111.00 Learn More
Traditional John Boos

Traditional John Boos "AB" Block - 10" Maple Butcher Block in 5 Sizes

$719.00 $899.00 Learn More
Boos Butlers Block - 5

Boos Butlers Block - 5" Maple End-Grain Butcher Block, Shelf, 30"x24"x34"H

$1,349.00 $1,686.00 Learn More
Boos Maple Cucina Laforza - 6

Boos Maple Cucina Laforza - 6" Butcher Block on Stainless Steel, 24"x24"

$1,032.00 $1,290.00 Learn More
Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block - Colorful Options for Base of Table

Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block - Colorful Options for Base of Table

$1,299.00 $1,624.00 Learn More
Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block with Solid Shelf - 30

Boos Maple Rustica Butcher Block with Solid Shelf - 30" or 48" x 24"

$1,519.00 $1,899.00 Learn More
Boos Gathering Block I - 25x24x4 Maple Butcher Block Top, Basket Drawer

Boos Gathering Block I - 25x24x4 Maple Butcher Block Top, Basket Drawer

$1,269.00 $1,586.00 Learn More
John Boos Steamer Block - 5”-Thick Butcher Block, Many Base Finish Options

John Boos Steamer Block - 5”-Thick Butcher Block, Many Base Finish Options

$1,519.00 $1,899.00 Learn More
Boos Gourmet Block/Cart – 24

Boos Gourmet Block/Cart – 24" x 24" x 4" End-Grain Maple, Slatted Shelf

$821.00 $1,026.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Pro Prep Bloc –  4

Boos Cherry Pro Prep Bloc – 4"-Thick Butcher Block, Optional Pot Rack, 4 Sizes

$995.00 $1,244.00 Learn More
John Boos Metro Station - 24x24x4 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel Frame, 36

John Boos Metro Station - 24x24x4 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel Frame, 36"H

$999.00 $1,249.00 Learn More
John Boos “PCA” Block - 10” Thick Butcher Block, Knife Holder, 5 Sizes

John Boos “PCA” Block - 10” Thick Butcher Block, Knife Holder, 5 Sizes

$619.00 $774.00 Learn More
Boos Pro Prep Block – Maple Butcher Block or Cart, Towel Bars, 4 Sizes

Boos Pro Prep Block – Maple Butcher Block or Cart, Towel Bars, 4 Sizes

$899.00 $1,124.00 Learn More
Boos Pro Prep Block & Pot Rack - 4

Boos Pro Prep Block & Pot Rack - 4" Maple Butcher Block Top, 4 Sizes

$1,168.00 $1,460.00 Learn More
Bloc de Foyer - End Grain Cherry Butcher Block with Drawer, 36

Bloc de Foyer - End Grain Cherry Butcher Block with Drawer, 36"x24", 34"H

$1,801.00 $2,251.00 Learn More
Boos Le Bloc - 10

Boos Le Bloc - 10" Cherry Butcher Block on Black Pencil Legs

$783.00 $979.00 Learn More
Boos Le Rustica - 4

Boos Le Rustica - 4" Cherry Butcher Block, Black Legs, 30"-48" Long

$1,992.00 $2,490.00 Learn More
Boos Le Rustica 4

Boos Le Rustica 4" Cherry Block on Black Legs, with Slatted Cherry Shelf

$2,204.00 $2,755.00 Learn More
Boos Saratoga Farm Maple Butcher Block on Spindle Legs - 24x24 or 30x24

Boos Saratoga Farm Maple Butcher Block on Spindle Legs - 24x24 or 30x24

$799.00 $999.00 Learn More
Boos 36

Boos 36"x24"x5" Maple Homestead Butcher Block - Choose Color of Base

$1,519.00 $1,899.00 Learn More
John Boos 30

John Boos 30" x 24" Chef's Block - 4" Maple Butcher Block, Slatted Shelf

$879.00 $1,099.00 Learn More
John Boos 30x24 Chef's Block - 4

John Boos 30x24 Chef's Block - 4" End-Grain Maple Butcher Block, 36" Tall

$739.00 $924.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Homestead - Cherry Block on Alabaster Base, 36

Boos Cherry Homestead - Cherry Block on Alabaster Base, 36"x24"x34"H

$1,769.00 $2,211.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Homestead Butcher Block, Alabaster Base - 36

Boos Walnut Homestead Butcher Block, Alabaster Base - 36"x24"x34"H

$2,859.00 $3,574.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Rustica - 4

Boos Cherry Rustica - 4" Cherry Butcher Block on Alabaster-White Base

$1,430.00 $1,788.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Rustica – 4

Boos Walnut Rustica – 4" Walnut Butcher Block on Alabaster-White Base

$2,299.00 $2,874.00 Learn More
Boos Jasmine Block – 3

Boos Jasmine Block – 3" Maple Butcher Block on Colored Base, 24, 36, 48"L

$1,059.00 $1,324.00 Learn More
John Boos 10” Thick Walnut Butcher Block on Black Pencil Legs, 5 Sizes

John Boos 10” Thick Walnut Butcher Block on Black Pencil Legs, 5 Sizes

$979.00 $1,224.00 Learn More
Boos Cherry Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel

Boos Cherry Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6 Butcher Block on Stainless Steel

$1,201.00 $1,501.00 Learn More
Boos Gathering Block II – 36x24 End-Grain Butcher Block, 2 Basket Drawers

Boos Gathering Block II – 36x24 End-Grain Butcher Block, 2 Basket Drawers

$1,773.00 $2,216.00 Learn More
Boos Gathering Block III - 48x24 Butcher Block 4

Boos Gathering Block III - 48x24 Butcher Block 4" Thick, 3 Basket Drawers

$2,289.00 $2,861.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6

Boos Walnut Cucina Laforza - 24x24x6" Butcher Block on Stainless Steel

$1,783.00 $2,229.00 Learn More
Boos Walnut Gathering Block III - 48x24, 4

Boos Walnut Gathering Block III - 48x24, 4" Walnut Butcher Block Table

$3,799.00 $4,749.00 Learn More
Catskill 24x24 Country Butcher Block - Stainless Steel Towel Bars

Catskill 24x24 Country Butcher Block - Stainless Steel Towel Bars

$449.00 $559.00 Learn More
Powell 30

Powell 30"-Square Color Story Butcher Block – Slatted Shelf, Basket

$549.00 $686.00 Learn More

The First Butchers Block Was Actually Used by Blacksmiths in the Nineteenth Century

In the 1800s blacksmiths practiced their trade on the stumps of trees, shaping fire-hot iron into horseshoes by hammering them on anvils. Although effective, this practice had it limitations. After all, not every smithie’s shop was located near a convenient tree stump or two. This led to the idea of mounting thick slices of tree trunks atop wooden legs so that these makeshift tables could be strategically located and moved around the shops. Blacksmiths marveled at how well the cross-sectioned slabs - just like the tree stumps before them - absorbed the explosive impacts of hammer against anvil.

John Boos & Co. Brought Chopping Block Tables to the Masses

Recognizing that butchers too, had need for sturdy wooden tables on which they could chop and carve meat for resale, the forefathers of Boos & Co. began peddling their chop-block tables to meat shops and the butchers block was born. In the first half of the twentieth century these versatile blocks migrated from corner meat markets to supermarkets, then to restaurants and delis, and finally, into America’s kitchens.

The End-grain Butcher Block Was the First, and Remains the Strongest

Those first chopping block tables – essentially cross section slices of the trees from which they were cut - exposed the wood’s end-grain (i.e., the grain patterns found on cut or sawed “ends” of wood). As such, these tables capitalized on the vertical strength and resilience of hardwood. They could readily withstand the blunt force of even sledge hammers, as well as sharp blades. The next innovation in this evolutionary tale involved the creation of a “composite” block for cutting, slicing and chopping. In essence, numerous miniature blocks, each showing off a small rectangular segment of the rings of the source tree, were melded together by way of adhesive and physical pressure. The result was an exceedingly attractive and rugged cutting surface. Since each rectangle contributes a unique grain-print (analogous to a finger print) and color profile, the finished surface had the appearance of a rich checkerboard or a fine tapestry. To this day many people still associate the term butcher block exclusively with this particular look and structure: end-grain style. While there are two other construction styles used in the making of butcher block tables, countertops and cutting boards – edge-grain and blended – authentic butcher blocks come in end-grain style.

Choose a Natural Oil or Varnish Finish for Your Butcher's Block

If you expect to do lots of food preparation on yours, such as cutting, slicing, dicing and chopping, then you would be best advised to choose an end-grain butcher block with a food-safe, natural oil finish. The wood fibers of these cut ends are less susceptible to nicks from knives or gouges from sharp-edged kitchen implements. Realize however, that you will need to re-apply oil to the board about every 3 or 4 weeks in order to keep it moisturized for safe use and longer life. If, on the other hand, your interest in butcher blocks traces to their fine-furniture look and you’re not up for regular re-oiling, then you should consider a block with a semi-gloss, varnish finish. John Boos, the leading American butcher block manufacturer, offers such a finish branded as Varnique. Wood surfaces finished with Varnique do not require regular maintenance and are quite easy to clean using just soapy water and a sponge or cloth rag or towel. Note however, that varnished surfaces should not be cut upon since knife blades can cut into and scar their surfaces, leaving them unprotected from spills that could otherwise impregnate the wood. Instead, we recommend using a cutting board placed on the top of the block.

Want a Butcher Block That's Great for Baking? It's a Toss-up between Natural Oil and Varnish

Home bakers need a sturdy work table with a smooth surface on which they can sprinkle flour and knead and roll dough. Butcher blocks make perfect baking tables. In fact, they’re great for all sorts of food preparation tasks and they’re equally meritorious as surfaces on which you can present home-baked goods. You can feel confident using them for serving everything from appetizers to desserts, including even main courses like roasts, turkeys or hams that need carving.

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