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Jul 4, 2009 04:53 AM

Longevity of Boos Block tables?

I'm moving into a new home and will be purchasing a butcher block/island. I'm planning on getting an end grain surface from Boos but I'm curious if the table type islands will last as long as I hope (at least 30 yrs if not longer). Most of the tables that I'm looking at have anywhere from a 2-5 inch thick table top. Do you have something similar? How has it held up over time? I'm planning on using it nearly every day as a cutting surface. And yes, I will be taking care of it, oiling it regularly, not letting water stand on it, etc...

Here are 2 example of what I'm looking at:

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  1. I've never owned one of their tables but I've had poor luck with Boos boards and America's Test kitchen had the same problem with their product. You may want to consider Michigan Maple Block as well. I believe both MMB and Boos are the oldest makers left in the US.
    MMB makes carts, tables, Islands and even custom counter tops as well as The Monarch (boos makes a very similar product to the Monarch as well) which can have a top thickness of up to 16".

    1. I find that mine is warping already after having it 3 years or so. It is not that thick of a piece, and is just a cutting board, but it does have some warp to it.

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      1. re: Psiweaver

        Fritter- I could only find this test including Boos ( and while they did mention splitting if not maintained, it was still recomended. I've looked at the MMB stuff and I do like it, but I'd rather have a block that also has some storage and shelves underneath that can also be like an island.

        Psiweaver- Did you oil/wax it regularly over those three years? And how thick is the board approximately? End or edge grain?


        1. re: ctg115

          Here is a link to the test. I doubt they could have had one fail that rapidly from failure to maintain. I can tell you I have had two 3" thick Boos boards fail that were well maintained.
          Many carts have one drawer and a shelf but you give up the thick top and that's a hefty trade off considering one of the Boos tables you linked runs nearly as much as a Monarch. Any thing in the price range you are shopping should be end grain. IMO if you want some thing that is going to last 30 years you need to look at the products in the second link. (Again boos makes a very simiar product).

          1. re: Fritter

            Do you have one of these blocks from Bally or do you have experience with them?

            Edit: Not trying to give you a hard time, I appreciate your input. I like the idea of the Bally block, especially as it is close to me and I can buy locally, I'm just not familiar with the company.

            1. re: ctg115

              Bally was bought out by MMB and nearly all of their products are made by MMB including all of the thicker end grain boards AFAIK. Yes I own more than one product from MMB.
              MMB is located in Petoskey, MI where they have been since around 1880.
              If you want one of the thicker tops with drawers you may want to consider calling them or sending an email. I know they do custom work including custom maple block counter tops.

          2. re: ctg115

            It is roughly 2" to 3" thick. I have oiled/waxed it regularly and it is never left wet. I don't know if it is end or edge grain. its a very nice boo block though.