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Feb 21, 2011 08:04 AM

End grain Maple butcher block/cutting board?

Can anyone tell me where I can find a good quality "end grain" maple butcher block in The G.T.A?
I don't wan't to order form the states($60. to $70. shipping and duty).

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  1. Try Golda's Kitchen -
    They are located in Mississauga but have full online store as well. Seem to have a few different versions.

    Golda's Kitchen
    2885 Argentia Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N, CA

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    1. re: Blinkins

      thanks very much Blinkins! They have some great boards.Do you know if Icould pick up directly from the store and save myself $40.00 shipping(I'm such a cheap ass)?

      1. re: petek

        Should be possible. Call to confirm.

        1. re: petek

          Yes, they have a store front ( I would just call to make sure they have item in stock before you head there or if you order online that you can stipulate for pick up there. I would think that wouldn't be an issue but always a good idea to check :)

      2. Petek, when you go to Golda's Kitchen, I suggest not worrying about catalog, in stock etc, especially so that you did mention GTA. As one living in the North West GTA, I have learned to plan trips, make several stops of benefit, etc. The point is agreed to avoid the horrible and overpriced shipping charges. Better as you said GTA and plan a Chowhound trip if heading to an area you might not find yourself in again or not often. I have done this hundreds of times, and it does make so much more sense than paying such shipping costs. A bonus might be that Golda's Kitchen may even have other items of interest to you or your friends/relatives!!! Shipping Charges Begone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Golda's Kitchen
        2885 Argentia Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N, CA

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        1. re: Jar

          Thanks all! Gratitude...I'll definitely call ahead.

        2. The Boos boards from are cheaper and free shipping.

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          1. re: jayt90

            Thanks jayt90. It's nice to have some options.

            1. re: jayt90

              Those look nice. I hesitantly seconded Golda's but think they're slipping back into their old ways with ridiculous pricing.

              1. re: jayt90

                Jay, thanks for that link! I'd never have thought of Costco online for boards! Wonderful to know what's out there and I'm thinking what a great gift these would make too!.

                1. re: jayt90

                  I agree - Costco's great for a lot of kitchenware at great prices- but just note that the Boos boards are not 'end-grain' as requested in original post, but rather 'edge grain' thus more affordable. I remember seeing a Anna and Kristina Grocery Bags episode recently where they tested wooden chopping boards - the end-cut (although made out of a different wood) didn't actually fair all that well in their rather 'un-scientific' tests - they actually preferred a Bamboo one! If you want, you might check out their website and search on chopping boards to see their findings.

                  1. re: Blinkins

                    Having recently made an end grain maple, cherry and walnut, cherry and maple edge grain and a couple of decorative face grain cheese boards for Christmas, I can tell you there is a great deal more work that goes into the end grain boards. The face and edge grain boards like the planer, the end grains do not. I lost 6" off the end of my edge grain and fortunately I had read enough to ensure that I was standing to the side. The six inches shot out the back and hit the door twenty feet away. End grain boards pretty much need a low angle jack plane or a drum sander and a lot of patience. Therefore, the extra cost!

                    The Costco boards are nice edge grain and they will last a long time. I have a friend who made one 17 years ago and all it needs is another run through the planer to fix up the top and bottom from knife wear. It's been used every day for the seventeen years.

                    Most US end grain boards of a good size run between $180 and $230. More detailed patterns add to the cost. As mentioned somewhere below, end grain boards should not have all of the lines lining up, they should be offset to make it stronger. The other factor is the amount of glue that goes into an end grain board. It takes a lot more Titebond III to hold it together. A weak joint will break easily with just a tap in the right spot. The thickness of the board also adds substantially to the cost. A 2" board is a lot more reasonable than a 3 or 4" thick board. There is also speculation as to thicker boards being more durable, with a 2" board being closer to the minimum thickness. Of course, each extra inch of thickness adds to the weight of the board.

                    I hope this helps explain why the prices are so varied.

                    1. re: Dflip

                      So what would you charge for a 16"x22"x2" Maple end grain block?

                2. I'm having one made by a local guy just starting out as I type. Mine will be quite large (28X18X3), but he'll make anything to your specifications.

                  Check him out here, and there are a few pictures of his cutting boards if you look him up on facebook:

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                  1. re: dlw88

                    thanks dlw88. is he making you an "end grain" board/block? And do you mind if I ask how much?

                    1. re: petek

                      Yes, of course mine will be end grain. The price for me was more than reasonable, however, Joel is working on a much larger project for me as well. Here's another link to some of his work. I think he's willing to work with whichever wood and glues you'd prefer.


                  2. I saw at Knife, the newish Japanese knife store on Queen West. Their shape/proportion stood out, as they were a bit narrower than what is usual. When asked about it, the owner mentioned they were custom made for the store by a wood working friend with offcuts of maple they weren't big enough for furniture. However, I don't remember if they were end grain or not.

                    The board I have is a Larch made in Cape Breton. If you've never seen one, they are not just great cutting boards, but works of art. The end grain patterning is really unique. I got my online directly from them, but I've seen a small selection of them carried at Good Egg and at the Gardiner Museum gift store of all places.

                    Good Egg
                    267 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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                    1. re: num nums

                      Wow num nums ! Those larchwood boards are really nice!. I shop at Knife all the time and I've see the cutting board you mentioned,very nice,but I'm specifically looking for end grain blocks/boards.
                      Thanks for the link and the info.


                      1. re: num nums

                        How would you compare using a Larch wood end-grain board to a heard maple end-grain board? I'm assuming you've used maple end-grain boards also. I was hoping to buy an end-grain board locally as well. Hard to find just short of buying the round 18" Boos end-grain board from Costco.

                        I'm hoping to buy a 3"x18"x24" size board. At least 3".