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Unread 02-11-2012, 10:57 PM
 
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Default Used, Aesthetically Pleasing Butchers Block?

As the title suggests, I'm looking to secure butchers block that's used and looks aesthetically pleasing.

I saw a (n extremely overpriced) table in a boutique, fashion furniture store nearby and it used salvaged butchers block as the tabletop and it looked fantastic and I'd like to replicate that.

Any ideas where I could source this kind of material?
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Unread 02-12-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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An architectural salvage place would be your best bet.
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Unread 02-12-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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Try contacting meat cutting/butcher's businesses, and see what they have. Or they might have suggestions where to secure it. Maybe you could get newish butcher block and distress it? Not the same look but could work. Also, ask around local kitchens, restaurants, and check kitchen suppliers, etc.

Of course, with wood, it harbors alot of bacteria so whatever you get, make sure you sanitize it somehow and re-seal it.

Another idea I saw recently was having the kitchen (looking regular) and a genuine butcher block used like an island in the middle--smaller, almost square like but the kitchen wasn't big either. Looked pretty cool though because it was really thick.

Good luck!
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Unread 02-12-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Try contacting meat cutting/butcher's businesses, and see what they have. Or they might have suggestions where to secure it. Maybe you could get newish butcher block and distress it? Not the same look but could work. Also, ask around local kitchens, restaurants, and check kitchen suppliers, etc.

Of course, with wood, it harbors alot of bacteria so whatever you get, make sure you sanitize it somehow and re-seal it.

Another idea I saw recently was having the kitchen (looking regular) and a genuine butcher block used like an island in the middle--smaller, almost square like but the kitchen wasn't big either. Looked pretty cool though because it was really thick.

Good luck!
You never, ever seal butchers block!
Butcher Block Care and Maintenance (http://www.thebutcherblocktop.com/bublca.html - broken link)
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Unread 02-12-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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It's not used, but butcher block counter tops are pretty cheap.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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You might want to look at either craigslist or second hand places for an older table, one that is made the same way as a butcher block. You can salvage it yourself. We lucked upon a rectangular table (for free), which had a "butcher block top". We stripped & sanded down the surface, which had some damage anyway, then built a base with locking casters for it. It is now our movable kitchen island and we LOVE it. We use butcher block conditioner on it. You never want to "seal it", but rather condition it. Also, we NEVER prepare meats on the butcher block, not even with a cutting board. We place our large non-wooden cutting board on an entirely different counter for that prep work!

We recently purchased another amazing table that needed some work, for $20, from an online 2nd hand site. It is made of the same "butcher block/laminated wood" type materials. We stripped it down and refinished it as a table. They're out there and if you're looking for "distressed" butcher block, how can you go wrong with a beat up table that you can strip down and "condition" for your butcher block?
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Unread 02-14-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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You never, ever seal butchers block!
Thanks for the correction. I am mistaken with the material I once saw. I had a neighbor who had a butcher block countertop but it was probably something else like a butcher-block look or wood-blend (it was wood though). It was definitely finished with something as it had a satin-like finish. They never cut directly on top of it and used cutting boards on top of the counter.

It was attractive though.
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Unread 02-15-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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Antique malls are a great place to shop.

But if you are into the "Artisan" look
(I have a 3" cherry block custom made in a organic trapeze shape and the edges are left raw to flow with the wood grain pretty unique & real cool looking... a bigger piece & at a less expensive price than WE, Pottery barn would charge selling a more generic look; big plus, made in USA too!)
& do not mind "new" Etsy may have some really nice pieces & the prices are not "marked up" by middleman.
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Unread 02-15-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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^^^For wood butcher block products, maintain it with the "white mineral oil" = food grade mineral oil used by pros in the food industry.
(http://www.chow.com/food-news/54571/...cutting-board/)
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Unread 02-15-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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Real butcher block is too thick to use easily. Get maple butcher block countertop, cut it to the size you want and put rubber feet on it. I use about three of these in my kitchen (15" x 24") to increase the food prep area when a lot is being done then put two of them away for every day use. Also, sometimes you will see movable dishwashers with a butcher block top. the top can be easily removed and rubber feet added.
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