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Butcher Block Table


Butcher Block Table


I bought a butcher block table off craigslist a couple years back for $75. I was mainly looking for restaurant type stainless steel tables when this one popped up. I had been considering making a butcher block counter, so I was open to this type of table.

This table is in between the very heavy steer butchering tables and the modern day thin suggestions of the former. This one has enough weight to be very solid yet I can move it if I go all Egyptian on it.

The top is 5' x 2 ½' and 3" thick. The top is about 110 pounds, something I can just lift. The weight with legs is about 160 pounds. This makes working on this table a joy; it is solid. Cracking an egg on it is a religious experience.

I mounted it on caster wheels to make moving easier. These do not seem to affect stability.

As found the table was in slightly rough shape. It had been used in a restaurant kitchen. Had a fair amount of use, but not decades. Some nasty, butchering type, stains. It had some kind of varish even on the cutting surface...in a restaurant. I perfer to cook at home because of stuff like this.

Easily disassembled. Hit it with the belt sander. Sanded easily. I didn't take out every cut mark, and I didn't worry about making the top wavy. I rounded over edges a fair amount. I like soft edges.

I used Howard Butcher Block Conditioner to finsh. I generally don't use niche type products, I was just going to use mineral oil. Niche products rarely impress. But in this case I caved for some reason, maybe tired.

I think the added beeswax and carnauba wax did make a difference. It made the top so smooth and soft, like touching cashmere. It's what makes butcher block butcher block.

Very easy to apply. Impossible to mess up.

I don't know if Howard is any better than other such products, but it did work.