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Jan 31, 2012 07:36 AM

Boos vs. Boardsmith

Looking to upgrade my cutting board to a higher end grain one. I have read on-line (Chow, blogs, knife forums, etc…) about Boos and Boardsmith and these seem to be the clear brands to get. Some recent grumblings about Boos boards quality but also some shipping delays for Boardsmith. I take care of all of my “stuff” so paying more is not a problem if it is definitely worth it and will last over time.

I can buy the end grain Boos boards at my local Sur La Tab store, so that is nice cause I will not have to pay for s\h. I don’t mind waiting a few weeks for a Boardsmith board (and paying the s\h) if I am going to notice a big difference in quality.

I would love maple but it just does not match my kitchen as much as the walnut, so I will be getting walnut (love the darker color). Board will be approx. 12x18x2. Prefer the Boardsmith board as it already has feet and I would have to add feet myself to the Boos board (I don’t plan to flip the board).

Any opinions or info is appreciated!


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  1. I bought myself a Boardsmith board for the holidays - It is beautifully made and arrived at my home when expected. During the holiday season, his website said 2 weeks, and 2 weeks it was. I can't compare as I don't own a Boos.

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    1. re: mamueller

      Wood type and size?

      Any pics?


    2. You might want to check out J.K. Adam's wooden boards. They are made in Vt. and are quite nice. On the other hand Epicurean boards, Sur La Table should have them too. They are a composite material, very kind to your knives and are dishwasher safe and NSF approved.

      1. I don't know about either of those, but I like my new Catskill Craftsmen board.

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        1. re: GH1618

          :) Catskill takes more skill. I don't have a Catskill cutting board, but I have a Catskill pastry board, so I have some level of an idea. In my mind, cutting boards are important, but not that important, especially for home cooks. Both Boos and Boardsmith boards are higher end than Catskill. :)

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            "Boos and Boardsmith boards are higher end ..."

            So they get their wood from the top of the tree?

            1. re: GH1618

              Yes, they send monkeys to climb all the way up to the tree top and cut off the very tip of the top. Very expensive. :)

          2. re: GH1618

            I have Catskill 20x20". Works for me and it was in my budget. It's an easy project that should cost about $50 of parts tops, I can't justify spending $300 on it. $100 seems fair. If it cracks someday, I'll look into others, but for the price it's great. The one thing I don't like about catskill is the small squares. More glue, more points of failure. Boardsmith uses bigger pieces in a brick layer pattern that I like. 1.5 years no problems yet. I use beeswax:mineral oil mix in a 1:5 ratio.

            1. re: MillionsKnives

              If you are 1.5 year in and no problem whatsoever, then your Catskill will likely last you many more years.

              1. re: MillionsKnives

                Catskill is an excellent choice for anyone who thinks a cutting board is a tool rather than an objet d'art.

            2. Both are quality boards and you couldn't go wrong with either. Keep in mind it's wood and as shuch there are times when, well, nature happens and any manufacturer can have a board do strange things sometimes, so an occasional complaint is almost inevetable.

              1. I like my Boadsmith board, however, there have definitely been some logistical issues (mine was custom, I think, which may have something to do with it). He's had various personal problems and issues with his shop, which are probably the main reasons, but still, his organizational skills leave something to be desired. As long as you're not in a huge hurry, I'd say go for it.

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                1. re: will47

                  I have the 18"x18"x4" end grain Boos and the 15"x20"x2.25" edge grain reversible carving board (flat on one side and grooved on the other) and I really like them both. If you want one really good board for the long term, I would recommend a 3"-4" end grain in whatever size you need and take care of it. (2" end grain boards seem more likely to separate (personal experience and anecdotally)). If 12"x12" is your preferred size, I believe that Boos makes a 12"x12"x3" that is readily available in Cherry or Maple at WS and maybe at SLT. And for feet on the large board, I just used rubber bumpers (like you would put on the back of a picture frame) and they work great.