Fifteen years ago I bought a John Boos Butcher Block, just like the one above but smaller (18x18”). When we moved to the condo I decided we didn ’t have room, but that was before I took down my wall of upper cabinets. (link to that post here). I loved that butcher block, thought it was the coolest thing ever and I’ve regretted many, many times that I got rid of it.
Hubby and I both are in the kitchen cooking, since we share duties, and I have so much crap all over my counters that space is really limited. Oh what I wouldn’t give for a center island, but there is just no room. So on a whim, I had him take a bar stool, build a mock-up butcher block around it, and we left it in the kitchen for a few days, worked around it and decided that it just might work for us since we don’t have all those upper cabinets anymore and our kitchen doesn’t seem so closed in. We measured and calculated and determined that the 18x24” size would be much better, we had the required three ft. of space needed to open the stove and the dishwasher, and so the search began.
Now all of you know that I love a deal, and there was none to be had for these butcher blocks. John Boos is the Cadillac, the best of the best with a price tag to go along with it. Prices ranged all the way for $699 to $800, websites threw in free shipping, but it was still a major expense.
I finally found a place in Rapids City Iowa called Rapids Wholesale that offered the same butcher block at wholesale price for $388, and their site said free shipping except for furniture. So I called them up, knowing it was too good to be true, and sure enough it was, they considered the butcher block furniture and the shipping charges were atrocious, $150 to ship, and an additional $50 to drop ship to residential addresses. Grrrrr, that good deal was now going to cost me $588, still a lot cheaper than the other websites, but…..
So hubby got online, realized that John Boos manufactured these blocks in Effingham, Il, a mere two hours drive from Heavensville. Boy Howdy, that was doable, so I called Rapids Wholesale back and asked them if I could pick it up. “Sure” they said, that’s not a problem. And then I asked them if I had to pay tax. “Nope” since I paid online, it was tax exempt. I whipped out that credit card faster than a New York minute and ordered it for $388. They had to build it, it took a few days, and they called me and told me when we could pick it up.
So a couple of weeks ago on a bright, sunny Friday morning we took off for Effingham. We had the nicest day, picked up the butcher block, stopped at antique shops, went to a great little lunch place, it was all good. And in the back of my mind I’m wondering how that butcher block is going to work in my small kitchen.
I aso bought this cutting board, it works great for my measuring spoons. I really like this idea I found on Pinterest of separating your measuring spoons in small Ball jars, it’s so much easier to grab what you need that rummaging around for the right size spoon.
My buddy V has been eyeing up this 18” beauty. Pioneer Woman gives it away occasionally, but it’s really spendy, $179 on Amazon. Ouch, I only had to pay $20 for mine. I wish I would have known, I would have checked prices in their store, I’m thinking it would have been a lot less than they sell them for on Amazon. But back to my story...
We’re back home, LC had to call his buddy, Juzar, to help him unload this because it weighed 160 lbs., they brought it in, set it up, I angled it because I angle everything, and you know what, it’s perfect! I love it!!!!
I rubbed it down with Beeswax and Mineral oil cream that John Boos gave me, refrained from decorating it, except for the tomato cutting board. I know, it’s a butcher block, why don’t I cut on it? I don’t want to screw up that nice finish, and we use it constantly.
We got quite an education at the John Boos retail store. They’ve been making these butcher blocks since 1887, they had one in the showroom from the 1930’s and they still look the same. Mother had a round one that she bought from an old grocery store years ago, it was always in my kitchen when the boys were growing up and now it’s in Ryan’s basement. John bought a large rectangle one years ago, it’s in his garage, it seems that the love of butcher blocks runs deep in our family. Someday I hope they will be able to use theirs, at least they are hanging on to them.
John Boos has expanded their line greatly, now even Williams-Sonoma sells them. When Deanna and I were shopping in Nashville a couple of months ago, we saw this Gathering Block at their Williams-Sonoma, except with mustard yellow legs. Oh my, it’s fantastic, I loved it but it’s too big for my kitchen.
I’m really a happy girl with the one I got, just had to share this, and if anybody is in driving distance of Effingham, Il, you can order from Rapid City and get a heck of a deal. And I know, I know, I can’t cram one . more . piece . of . furniture . into . my . house. ~ Jan