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poopiekat

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10-03-2012 01:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: butcher block cutting board

Saw this in a local listing… had to share it! Never seen one this big before:
butcherblock
More pics and details here: http://winnipeg.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-hand-tools-Cutting-Block-W0QQAdIdZ418964410

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I’m guessing 36” X 18” X 24” high. Wow!

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 01:32 PM

I can only imagine what was the original design for when they came up with the idea of “lets make it 24” thick… that should be enough shouldn’t it? ...”

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 01:36 PM

“This block is a solid chunk of wood and is heavy. ” yeah, I’ll bet it is heavy! I am so curious about what it was initially built for!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 01:37 PM

True enough, PurpleV! Brontosaurus steaks, maybe? I recall an old chopping block in an Antiques shop, it was probably 18” X 18” X 18”, on stout turned legs. It had one corner worn down, maybe 3” deep, some poor sap in a Butcher shop probably stood in one spot for eight hours a day cleaving pork chops. What a life.. Kookaburra: Yeah, probably enough board-feet of maple in that cube…hmmm $55 bucks… Too bad they ’butchered’ it with the steel braces… that couldn’t be original to the piece, could it?
We need the “Handplanes of Your Dreams” gang to give this block a good smoothing!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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hairy

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 01:52 PM

Here’s the one in my kitchen. 30” x 30” x 16” thick solid dovetailed hard maple. We had to get this out of a basement.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 10-03-2012 03:18 PM

That is the biggest chopping block I’ve seen… assuming that it’s one huge SOLID piece!

Are you going to buy it?

You could remove the bars and hand plane it down…
... the hardest part would be rotating it so you could plane the sides! LOL

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 03:27 PM

it’s a old butcher block from the “cleaver” era when they were permitted to use wood. periodically they would take the scars out with a very coarse steel brush, hence the thickness (they lasted forever).

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#7 posted 10-03-2012 03:57 PM

wow, Hairy!! That’s huge, and reminds me of the one I saw in the antiques shop! I love the pumpkin color; did you have to flatten it before putting it in your kitchen? Thank You for sharing, and for taking the time to post this excellent pic! Wonder if this advertised block had a stand at one time… Joe: Hmmm, I dunno if I’m going to buy it; though 100 BF +/- of maple for $55 doesn’t sound too bad, heck I’d have to bring it to a sawyer though! teejk: who knows how many people were sickened by the e-coli, salmonella and other nasties lurking in this wooden surface! it’s the perfect surface for putting a corian or acrylic cutting board/chopping block on!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 07:01 PM

poopie…my grandpa cut meat on wood, my dad cut meat on wood, I cut meat on wood (all back in the days when the meat rooms were not refrigerated and I’ll add that we had one of those thick tables except ours had massive turned legs). That small table didn’t get used much in my day but our primary table was wood also…probably only 2” thick.

We were careful to keep the tables cleaned when we moved from chicken to pork to beef (we used a lot of bleach and scalding hot water). And of course everything got scrubbed at shut-down time (probably took an hour between the saw/grinder/tables and floors).

Nobody died. Somehow I wonder whether our super-hygenic environments are bad for people in the long run.

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#9 posted 10-03-2012 07:10 PM

A big, bad chopping block is on my list of future projects.

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hairy

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 07:23 PM

That’s just how I brought it home. The owner told me it was in a local grocery store that closed back in the early 60’s.
It has no deep marks, just some scratches. The only minus is the poly finish. It takes 3 guys and a case of beer to move it.

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 07:35 PM

In the mid 60’s, (dating myself), I worked in a restaurant that was Chinese food/steakhouse for years while in high school and college. Same town, same restaurant. The Chinese cooks we had used one of these. I can remember them whacking away at big hunks of beef with those Chinese cleavers. The cooks were all on the short side so this was just the right height. They would scrape it down everyday, wash it with warm water, and oil it down again. Can’t imagine what was living on the surface!! When I went to Shanghai, I was sure to bring back a few of those cleavers, and my wife loves them.

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 08:09 PM

Have you guys read any of the articles debunking that wooden blocks harbor more bacteria than plastic boards?

Here's an example

I’ve read the actual study some time ago but couldn’t find it via a quick search.

It’s main premiss is: Yes, wood obsorbs more bacteria, but when we test both plastic and wood the wood has less living bacteria. Meaning that bacteria cannot survie very long.

I’m considering making a big boy similar to hairy’s some day.

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Tedstor

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#13 posted 10-03-2012 08:19 PM

Hell, how many LJs have made and use wooden cutting boards? We’re not dropping like flies.

And for crying out loud, the meat gets cooked. There’s a reason we do that.

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ToddJB

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#14 posted 10-03-2012 08:21 PM

Here is the actual study

Nature, 1. Man made materials, 0.

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#15 posted 10-03-2012 08:49 PM

Woodcraft magazine at the start of the year had a nice, large butcher block project in it. I’m still struggling with if it should be cherry or applewood, have enough of both except for thick pieces for the legs. Or maybe a mix of both.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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