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John Boos 18 by 18 by 3-Inch End Grain Maple Chopping Block

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  • Cutting board measures 18 by 18-inch and is 3-inch thick
  • Made in the usa of hard rock maple
  • Stunning end grain construction
  • Incorporated hand grips, reversible
  • Hand wash and oil periodically for best results
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John Boos End Grain Maple Chopping Block

18 by 12 by 3 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 cutting board measures 18 by 12 by 3 inches (LxWxH). The board features high-quality edge grain construction of hard rock maple and features incorporated hand grips for easy transport from counter to stove or table top.

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.


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  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 3 inches ; 21 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0034YXTIE
  • Item model number: CCB183-S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,376 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 11, 2012
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--> The board is beyond awesome. You can immediately tell that it's high-end end-grain maple, with it's construction having no flaws. It came with a layer of oil/cream, but I purchased a bottle of John Boos 5 Ounce Block Board Cream with Beeswax and put down my own layer as well. After using a few times, it still appears to be brand new. I can see myself owning this for years upon years. Not only does it function well, but it looks great on the countertop!

--> As for Amazon, the company is great. My first order was shipped all the way to the local UPS and out for delivery to my house, yet was somehow damaged (I don't know the details - only what was shown on the tracking page). My payment was refunded and they insisted that I reorder with 2 day shipping (instead of my original free ground shipping) and they would refund that charge, due to the damage. I was ecstatic to get it so quick, and can't thank Amazon enough for the generosity!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Shannon Balderas on May 20, 2013
Size: 18" Verified Purchase
I've owned this 18 inch Boos round maple chopping block for about two weeks and so far I'm very pleased. First off, it is beautiful to look at. You can tell by the weight of this item it is designed for real use. I've had several other wooden cutting boards. They have split early on in use. This board came oiled but I did purchase the board butter to keep it moisturized. If you are going to invest in this piece you need to keep it oiled. Its also important if you will be using it to chop or cut meat to seal the wood from bacteria. I love using this. Somehow the round shape, while large and spacious to use while chopping, seems less bulky than the square boards. Like another owner said, you can hear the quality of this board while you are chopping. I own mostly Wusthof knives and they work fabulously w new board. I have moisturized it 3 times but I do use it heavily. I do not feel I got ripped off at all. You get what you pay for. Do not hesitate to buy if you own nice knives you want to keep nice. Just a word of advice to new board owners, do read the care instructions. How you care for this item determines how it will wear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PA guy on November 29, 2013
Size: 18"
I didn't purchase this through Amazon, but we've had this block for about 15 years. It gets used heavily and we haven't had any problems. We keep it oiled and it looks almost new. It is big and heavy and takes up a chunk of counter space so make sure you have room.

UPDATE: After 15 years, the wood on this block began to check and develop some splits. This isn't uncommon with wood products so I decided to contact Boos. After some discussion, the best course was to wrap a furniture makers type strap around the block and then fil the cracking areas with "Gorilla" brand wood glue (recommendation of the Boos folks). After the glue dried I used a wood chisel to remove the excess and buffed with a light sandpaper. Recoated the whole thing with Boos wood cream and it looks great again.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gary Tsang on February 7, 2012
Size: 18" Verified Purchase
i purchased this chopping block and used it for less than a month and already started cracking (picture enclosed). we had purchased two other Boos but they have been great for over three years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on July 15, 2013
Size: 18" Verified Purchase
This block is good quality but BIG and heavy. Measure your space before you buy. My kitchen isn't small but this takes up a lot of room. It's as wide as my dishwasher and takes up the entire counter over it. Also realize how high the 3" depth is going to make the chopping surface. I'm only 5'6" and raising my arms up to chop for long lengths of time is rather tiring. If you are 6' tall, no problem. Definitely prepare the new board with mineral oil and wax before you use it. The board I got was so dry it soaked up nearly an entire bottle of oil. Looks beautiful now. For some reason the bottom of the board says it is NOT for chopping. So, this board is not reversible. You will need to get separate board for meat and carving. Having said that, it is a GREAT chopping block. I have expensive knives and this is a dream to cut on. A Chef friend told me to spray it with White Vinegar after wiping it clean. That keeps it sterilized. Also, DO NOT use vegetable oil on it. That turns rancid and increases bacteria. Invest in the BOOS Oil and wax or just get plain mineral oil from the pharmacy/drug store. It's a great board worth the investment.
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James S. Shively on October 7, 2008
Size: 18"
I bought one of these a couple of years ago thinking it would be the last chopping block I would buy. Unfortunately, the one I bought is now separating. There is a 4" crack running along one of the glue lines that runs all the way through the block from top to bottom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessenia Marrero on July 16, 2013
Size: 18" Verified Purchase
I bought this for my new place and my fiancee and I love this Boos block. It's very heavy and sturdy. We also purchased the oil and cream to maintain the wood. I read that the wood can dry and crack so buying the oil/cream will help preserve the wood and keep it moist. For the price of this block it would be smart to invest in them. Looks beautiful and I love cutting on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Washburn on October 25, 2013
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Gave this as a gift to my son and daughter in law and they loved it. They were destroying their knives on ceramic plates. Perfect size for apartment counter.
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