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John Boos 18-Inch Square Maple Chopping Block

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  • Solid, maple-wood end-grain cutting board with natural oil finish
  • Smooth flat surface for chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, and more
  • Smart alternative to plastic--easier on knives and won't harbor bacteria
  • Hand wash and oil regularly for best results
  • Measures 18 by 18 by 4 inches
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John Boos 18-Inch Square Maple  Chopping Block + John Boos 5 Ounce Block Board Cream with Beeswax (1) + John Boos Mystery Butcher Block Oil, 16 ounces
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Product Details

Size: 18-Inch
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 4 inches ; 36 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 37 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00063QBCM
  • Item model number: CCB18-S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,186 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Size: 18-Inch

John Boos Square Maple Chinese Chopping Block

18 by 18 by 4 inches

Add a handsome yet highly functional tool to your kitchen arsenal with this wooden cutting board from John Boos. Made in the US, this reversible solid maple wood cutting board with end grain construction has a natural oil finish and measures 18 by 18 by 4 inches (LxWxH). The square shaped cutting board features slightly rounded edges and offers a smooth work surface perfect for a variety of food-prep tasks like chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, and more.

John Boos & Company circa 1900.

The History of John Boos & Co

In business since 1887, John Boos & Co. is the oldest industry in South Central Illinois. Founder, Conrad Boos Sr. named the business after his son, John and for years, worked out of a blacksmith shop in Effingham. The blacksmith used a Sycamore tree placed on three legs to straighten horseshoes. The wooden block absorbed the shock of the hammer. In 1890, a local butcher realized the block could be used for cutting meat, and had one made. The word spread to surrounding small towns and cities and by 1911, John Boos was shipping from coast to coast.

In 1956, John Boos began to sell some of their products for home use. Today, John Boos cutting boards are found in hotels and restaurant kitchens, culinary schools, and on televised cooking shows. The old craftsmen work ethic is still around at John Boos, with a few changes.Premium Hard Rock Maple lumber from the surrounding Mid-West and Northern States is used in place of Sycamore lumber. And John Boos automation has replaced much of the older equipment with the exception of the 1942 block press which is very much in use today.

John Boos & Co. utilizes 100% of their raw material to benefit the manufacturing processes. The smallest lumber scraps are transformed into sawdust and used to generate electricity and create steam to fuel the boilers.

The Early Years

In 1892 the Boos family sold interest in the company to the Gravenhorst family. In 1895 the building burned and was rebuilt. In 1899 they moved to the present site of 315 South First Street for more space.

In 1920, they added extra buildings and kilns.. By the 1940s, butcher blocks were found in every restaurant, food store and butcher shop in America.

Last Half of the Century

Following WWII, the company added a dry kiln, increased its office space, and added manufacturing space. The shipping docks were enlarged while warehousing space and new products were added.

The company continued expanding through the 60s and '70s with the growth of its metal table market with synthetic tops, stainless-steel tops, or maple tops. Even though the government was tough on wood products through the 1970s and '80s, the company continued to grow with its new line of BDL store fixtures, park benches, and other butcher block furniture.

Current Products & Markets

The wood and metal products are listed with the National Sanitation Foundation, the leader in sanitation agencies for approving equipment to be installed in foodservice and supermarket operations. The products must have approval of various sanitation agencies in order to be accepted by the industry.

John Boos & Co. Cucina butcher blocks and cutting boards are used by celebrity chefs throughout the USA, including Charlie Trotter, Ming Tsai, Paul Kahan, Susan Spicer, Mary Sue Milliken, and Susan Feninger. In addition, chef’s featured on "The Food Network", such as Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse, prepare meals every day on John Boos cutting boards. In 1994, we were we were 1 of 22 companies awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Foodservice Equipment by the Chefs of America at a ceremony conducted at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

John Boos & Company Today

The company currently occupies approximately 150,000 square feet in Effingham, IL and approximately 65,000 square feet in Philipsburg, PA and Suring, WI. The company’s four dry kilns dry up to 210,000 board feet of lumber on a continual basis. Most of the hardwoods used for manufacturing are shipped from the Great Lakes, while the stainless steel comes from warehouses and distribution centers in Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.

Care and Maintenance

Keeping Your Board Sanitized

Wash your John Boos cutting board with hot soapy water after each use and dry it with a clean towel or let it air dry. For further sanitation, the board can be rinsed with a vinegar or chlorine bleach solution. (1 teaspoon bleach to one quart of water/5-to-1 ratio of vinegar to water) Do not soak the board in water--this will damage the wood. Wood cutting boards are NOT dishwasher-safe.

Maintaining Your Board

Oil your cutting board on all surfaces every 3-4 weeks. The Boos block cream finish with beeswax (included with the board) will protect and prolong the board’s life. We recommend using John Boos Mystery Oil and/or Boos Block Cream with Beeswax.

Research: Plastic vs. Wooden Cutting Boards

Led by Dean O. Cliver, Ph.D, a research team compared plastic and wooden cutting boards to find out how to best disinfect wooden cutting boards from bacteria. They found that disease bacteria were not recoverable from both new and older knife-scarred wooden surfaces in a short time after they were applied, unless very large numbers were used. They found that while new plastic surfaces allowed the bacteria to persist, they were easily cleaned and disinfected. However, they found that older, knife-scarred plastic surfaces were impossible to clean and disinfect manually, especially when food residues such as chicken fat were present. Further, they found that if a sharp knife is used to cut into the work surfaces after used plastic or wood has been contaminated with bacteria and cleaned manually, more bacteria are recovered from the plastic surface than from the wood surface.

The research team has no commercial relationships to John Boos or any other company making cutting boards. They believe, on the basis of their published and to-be-published research that food can be prepared safely on wooden cutting surfaces and that plastic cutting surfaces present some disadvantages. In conclusion, they believe their research shows evidence that wooden cutting boards are not a hazard to human health, but plastic cutting boards may be.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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The quality is outstanding and the wood is beautiful.
A Customer
I wouldn't recommend this unless you really need to raise your cutting height.
G. Terry
The thing looked like someone had thrown it out of a speeding car.
T. Knox

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T. Knox on September 8, 2010
Size Name: 24-Inch Verified Purchase
THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU BUY THIS CHOPPING BLOCK. ok, so let me be clear... this block is awesome. It's a two foot square, four inch thick, 66 pound block of wood. And it's beautiful. Really. The problem is that Amazon hasn't quite figured out how to ship it yet.

I learned this because I ordered one and it came wrapped in one layer of bubble wrap stuck inside a big fedex envelope. Needless to say it arrived completely battered up, the corners had broken through the packaging entirely. The thing looked like someone had thrown it out of a speeding car. It was terrible. Well, Amazon does have awesome customer service, so they sent a replacement immediately and promised it would be packaged better.

... it was... sort of. This time the block arrived in a single layer of cardboard. No padding, no styrofoam, just some cardboard right over the wood. Overall it was in much better shape, but it still had some really nasty dents in very visible places which were unacceptable. So I called Amazon again and was like "look guys..." and so they sent ANOTHER replacement (seriously, they're awesome).

Well, I figured after messing up TWO that they'd get the third one right... Umm... It arrived broken in half. No, I'm not kidding. It literally was broken into two pieces. A big block of wood, cracked in half. And the thing is, it was packaged JUST like the second - in one layer of cardboard, nothing else.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jhmr17 on December 31, 2010
Size Name: 24-Inch Verified Purchase
I read the other review, and fully anticipated the strong possibility of my block arriving damaged. True to form, it did. When I saw it sitting out front of my house, I thought to myself, "Wow, that's pretty meager packaging for a 70 lb. chopping block." Still, I had visions of the block somehow surviving the overnight trip from the Amazon warehouse in Indiana, and looking wonderful on our kitchen counter for New Year's Eve. Upon opening the box, what I found was quite a bit different. The board looked like it must have been sitting around in the Amazon warehouse for months--maybe years (it probably hasn't, but it looked that way). The inside of the box was noticeably stained with all of the great 'mystery oil' and 'board creme' that I imagine was once coating the board's wood--the cardboard literally sucked the life out of this board. The best way to describe the block's physical condition was "tired, thirsty, and abused".

When I first opened the box, I immediately thought that I must have been looking at the bottom of the board (and so I began to think that maybe I could live with the block if the top looked o.k.). But then I quickly discovered that I was, indeed, looking at was what supposed to be a beautiful cutting surface--and the bottom just looked that much worse. Seriously. John Boos & Co. should not allow Amazon to sell their merchandise if they can't package and care fot it properly. I don't have a lot of personal experience with Boos boards, other than to understand their legendary reputation...but this experience gives someone like me pause before purchasing another one. In this case, I figured I had little to lose: if the board looked good, then I had immediate gratification and a wonderful chopping block sitting on the counter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Babcock on May 12, 2012
Size Name: 18-Inch
I just happened to get in on a group buy locally and got a great price. This board is great! I'm a pro chef and half a dozen of us at the restaurant where I work bought these. Absolutely great and well worth the price. Years down the road when the surface is really cut up just sand or plane it and you're good for many more years of cutting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By . on November 29, 2013
Size Name: 24-Inch Verified Purchase
A gorgeous hunk of wood! It had been returned to the Amazon warehouse because of shipping damage, so was greatly discounted. I've been wanting one for years and decided to take a chance. I figured, 'it's a chopping block - it's gonna get wear and damage anyway.' It had a few nicks and gouges on the corners (sanded smoother by dear hubby) but nothing a good discount won't alleviate.

That being said, it was probably further damaged by poor packaging. This seems to be a theme with these items because others have mentioned corners being damaged by no padding before shipping. In fact, NOTHING is padded. It's plopped into a box and shipped out with nary a care of what shippers may do to it. Obviously, a game of field hockey is played with these big pucks before they arrive at your home address. In the end, it's worth the chance as we all know how good Amazon is about returns if all you receive is firewood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By larry on January 5, 2012
Size Name: 24-Inch Verified Purchase
Great cutting / chopping block. I ordered the board for my daughter a professional chef. Did not have the shipping damage or excessive irregular flip side as mentioned in earlier reviews. It came delivered in a thick cardboard carton that put 4 full layers against the cutting surface and 2 at all other sides. I only wish it was reversible and had lifting groves. Great block.
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