All about the Butcher Block Table

butcher block tableButcher blocks were created in the 1880’s to meet the requirements of the meet processing industry. They were commonly used in meat processing shops and butcher shops but have now become popular in home use. Their earlier cutting boards had been butts of trees, which are exceptionally arduous to move about and keep clean. Today’s butcher block table makes a phenomenal work surface and storage space. A utilitarian and robust piece of kitchen equipment, they provide a hygienic, stable surface for cutting meat and vegetables.

Today’s versions are typically made from dense hardwood like maple, beech, walnut or teak. There are two basic styles: edge grain and end grain. End grain countertops are the part of the tree that is cut horizontally where the grain will be open for the chopping block. This is the most labor intensive to make and hence it is extremely expensive. The edge grain top has to be glued first and then sliced off the pieces in order to stand on its end. This in turn will make a checkerboard pattern with a distinct and beautiful color variant. End grain countertops tend to be heavier as they are thicker and the wood is also harder. Traditional blocks are also end grain construction and are used for kitchen islands, chopping blocks, kitchen charts and gathering blocks.

On the other hand, Edge grain countertops are the part of the tree that is cut vertically down its trunk. The raw lumber is ripped to the width first and then the wood rail is slumped on their edges. The wider face sides are glued together to create an amazingly strong and beautiful surface. Such blocks are more industrial and utilitarian in nature. They are also easily attainable and simple to perform.

These blocks have been used widely for centuries and still are in most European countries. Many people throughout the world are beginning to use these tables. This in turn has created a new industry in the kitchen arena and many hardwood flooring companies and furniture manufacturers are getting into the production of these tables. The butcher block table has numerous benefits as well. Some of them are listed below.

Preparing of vegetables usually involves knife work such as julienning, slicing, chopping, dicing and chiffonier. This is where the standard cutting countertop does the job, as all boards can easily handle such preparation work.

The appearance of this block is extremely classic. Whether the kitchen is traditional or modern, the table will serve you very well. It can also take the form of movable kitchen items such as a butcher block countertop, a kitchen work table or a kitchen island cart. The antique tables that can be restored are also easily available. If you wish to make one yourself, you can put in some extra efforts and save your money. Although it may take some time to put the table together, but it will be inherently strong and serve you for many years to come.

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