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Each butcher block table is comprised of ¾” x 1½” wood blocks clamped together with superior Tite Bond 3, a waterproof wood glue. Each block is clamped together on the face grain as opposed to the end grain to promote stability and prevent cupping and bowing. The finish is an acrylic catalyzed polyurethane finish, ICA, in customer’s choice of matte or satin and is heat, scratch and moisture resistant. Our finish is also FDA approved for indirect food contact.
Butcher blocks have become incredibly popular in recent times. Let's put them into the spotlight by considering the following topics:
Butcher block tables first got their use in butcher shops, as well as meat processing plants. Their strong, durable design proved an excellent choice for heavy-duty chopping and cutting.
However, butcher block tables have made their way out of the butcher's shop and into many locations where a solid surface for heavy-duty chopping is required. They have also become a trendy and popular addition to home kitchens and provide a surface where food preparation can take place. In many homes, an eye-catching butcher block table replaces the use of laminate countertops or stone as the main location to prepare food in the kitchen.
A true butcher block table is made from strips of wood that are bonded together. This makes the surface suitable for all types of food preparation, including slicing and chopping. A significant number of butcher block tables are made from maple wood, however, other wood types are also proving popular, these include walnut, teak, cherry, and oak. By tradition, a butcher block table is made using end grain, however, edge grain has also become a popular choice in recent times, although this can raise a few eyebrows.
The finish of a butcher block is just as important as the wood used. Wood Statements uses an ICA acrylic catalyzed polyurethane that has an embedded Anti-Microbial BB additive that mitigates potent viruses in E. coli., coronaviruses and Legionella.
Interestingly, bamboo is also becoming a more popular choice, with the special appeal of being eco-friendly.
Butcher block tables vary greatly. Some are excellent choices for large, busy restaurants or meat stores, others are a better choice for use in a domestic kitchen where the wear and tear would be considerably less. Allow us to provide you with a brief description of three different types of butcher block tables.
Firstly, we have the edge-grain top which has long rails of wood that run from one end to the other. Next is the blended-grain where several pieces of wood are finger-jointed together and hence run the length of the board. These boards normally use full rails for the outer edges of the block. These two types of butcher block tables tend to suit most home use and provide an attractive centerpiece to any kitchen while also providing an excellent worktop for preparation. However, there is still one type to consider.
End-grain blocks are certainly the priciest of the three choices that we are discussing. They boast a more rugged appearance and are often the only choice desired for locations where a highly durable and strong surface is required. End-grain blocks are formed by standing short pieces of wood on their ends to form a grid pattern. Each piece of wood tends to be less than 2 inches square and less than 7 inches in length. When the entire grid has been formed of such small pieces of wood it results in a surface that is made up of millions of fibers which are naturally found on the end of each piece of wood used. This provides a domino effect as it results in a surface that is highly resilient. A well-crafted end-grain block can stand up to years of sharp knife blades being used to chop and slice without showing much sign of wear and tear at all. Naturally, the checkerboard design is also very easy on the eye and creates a striking appearance within a kitchen setting.
Since a butcher block table is not a cheap investment, ensuring that it is cared for correctly will mean that you will get the most from your purchase. Indeed. a well-cared butcher block can last for decades in the kitchen.
One issue which can certainly be common on butcher block tables is the growth of mold. This is the result of the surface being exposed to water on a regular basis with the lack of appropriate cleaning. Taking the time to carefully clean the surface after each use will go a long way to protecting the longevity of the block. As well as this, keeping the top well oiled will protect the surface and also ensure the rich color is maintained for many years to come.
Of course, the best butcher block table for your kitchen and purpose would be one that is specifically designed and crafted for your unique needs. This allows you to customize the size, wood type, and overall design and to add extra features that will make food preparation more enjoyable and efficient for you personally. Indeed, a custom butcher block table is an investment that is very well worthwhile for the long run. By choosing a team of craftsmen that are passionate and experienced in designing and making butcher block tables you will be able to discuss your vision for your kitchen with experts who know exactly what you have in mind. Working together you will be able to create a unique surface that will not only provide a practical solution to food preparation but will also be an appealing addition to any kitchen or food preparation venue.