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John Boos RA03 Maple Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board, 24 Inches x 18 Inches x 2.25 Inches
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- Kitchen prep is made easier with this solid, reversible maple wood cutting board
- Offers ample surface space, measuring 24 inches long by 18 inches wide by 2-1/4 inches thick
- FDA-approved; features a hard maple edge grain construction with a cream finish, 2 flat sides, and slightly rounded edges
- Handgrips on the ends offer easy transport from countertop to stovetop
- For care the board requires simple handwashing and oiling regularly
- Weight : 27.5 pounds
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John Boos RA Cutting Board Series
2.25 Inches Thick
The RA Cutting Board Series by John Boos is not your average cutting board. At 2.25 inches thick, this cutting board is designed to handle all manners of chopping, cleaving, cutting and slicing. Whether at home or in a commercial setting, this board has earned its reputation as a customer favorite.
Superb Boos Craftsmanship
The RA series features John Boos' beautiful edge grain construction. An ideal marriage of form and function,the RA series was designed for superior performance and it is beautiful enough to display on the kitchen island or countertop.
The team at John Boos designed integrated handles at the ends of each RA Board. These inset handles make it easy to move and rotate the board during use. They also are ideal for flipping the board to use the reverse side. All RA boards are reversible, both sides are identical cutting suurfaces.
Available in a Variety of Sizes and Wood Options
The RA Collection is available in solid Cherry Wood or Maple Wood. All RA boards measure 2.25 inches thick and range from 18 inches long by 12 inches wide to 30 inches long by 23 inches wide. These heirloom quality boards are sure to be a favorite in your kitchen for years to come.
The History of John Boos & Co
In 1887, Effingham, Illinois blacksmith Conrad Boos used a Sycamore tree placed on three legs while hammering horseshoes. Three years later, a local butcher realized a wooden Boos Block could be used for cutting meat, and had one custom made. Word spread to surrounding small towns and cities and by 1911, John Boos & Co was shipping custom butcher blocks from coast to coast. Throughout the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, John Boos expanded their production and product range to include tables and workbenches, the majority of which went to the war effort during WWII. By the 1940s, John Boos had earned their outstanding reputation for quality and craftsmanship, and John Boos butcher blocks were found in every restaurant, food store and butcher shop in America. Today, the traditional craftsmen work ethic is still alive and well at John Boos, where all boards and butcher blocks are still proudly manufactured in Effingham, Illinois. Often imitated, John Boos boards and blocks are favorites of professional chefs and can be found in restaurants and commercial settings worldwide.
Committed to Environmental Integrity
John Boos’ Hardwood foresters follow professional best practices that mirror natural forces. Individual trees are selected for harvest, encouraging forests to renew and regenerate themselves naturally and prolifically. John Boos & Co. recycles 95% of all raw lumber scraps and sawdust which are used to generate electricity and create steam to fuel the boilers. John Boos sawdust is also recycled as livestock bedding for local agricultural needs.
John Boos Mystery Oil and Butcher Block Cream
Recommended for use with all John Boos wood products (Sold Separately).
- Food Safe
- Easy to Apply
- Protects and prolongs the life of the board
- Sold separately on Amazon, just search for ‘Boos Mystery Oil’ or ‘Boos Board Cream’
Care and Maintenance
Keeping Your Board Sanitized:
Wash your John Boos cutting board with hot soapy water after each use and dry 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. Like all natural wood cutting boards, John Boos boards are not intended for the dishwasher.
Maintaining Your Board:
Oil your cutting board on all surfaces every 3-4 weeks to maintain the original Boos block cream finish with beeswax. This quick task will protect and prolong the board’s life and ensure it is enjoyed for decades to come. John Boos recommends using John Boos Mystery Oil and/or John Boos Block Cream. (Sold separately on Amazon).
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BoosBlock professional cutting boards are FDA-approved and are used by professional chefs throughout the United States. These high quality cutting boards are available in end grain and edge grain construction, and come in more than 39 shapes and sizes. John Boos & Co. is the number one supplier of butcher blocks countertops and cutting boards to restaurants, butchers and even the White House. BoosBlock cutting boards are manufactured by John Boos & Co. based in Effingham, Illinois. Since its inception in 1887, John Boos & Co. strives to provide the highest quality products to the most discriminating consumers.
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There were 5 areas which were very rough, as if they had never been sanded. I hand sanded those areas and was able to get them pretty smooth. Per the instructions, I applied the Boos Mystery Oil and let it soak in overnight, then applied a generous coat of the Boos Cream and left it overnight. It was not until the next morning when I was at the final step of wiping off the excess cream when I found there was a 3 inch cut along the top of the board!
The cut was deep enough that I was concerned about bacteria growth, so once again, I got the sandpaper out. After an hour of hand sanding the cut was half as deep, but you can still noticeable.
Knowing the reputation of Boos boards I do not believe the problems I encountered were due to a quality control issue. I think the boards they're selling at a discount on Amazon are "seconds". In the end, I now own a Boos board, but I'm very disappointed by this experience.
Out of the box, the cutting board had a strange rough texture. I oiled the cutting board using the included sample of Boos Mystery Oil, and the entire sample soaked in nearly immediately. I kept oiling using additional board oil, and could never get the board to stop being "thirsty." Having owned wood cutting boards before, I realized this wasn't normal and should have been a signal something was off, but I decided to keep the item.
It became clear that the board as delivered was not finished or sealed in any capacity. Drops of liquid (other than water) would instantly stain the board. My Wusthof chefs knife left gashes that looked like I hacked up the board with a meat cleaver. Chopping vegetables or herbs would leave green splotches across the surface. I continued to oil the board regularly, but nothing seemed to help.
The final straw came earlier this week when I realized that the wood was delaminating at the end of the cutting board. At six points along the side of the board, the wood pieces just started to separate from each other, leaving physical gaps in the board. The board has never been soaked in water (it's too big to fit in my sink), so I can only chalk this up to manufacturing defects.
I've uploaded photos showing some of the worst splits after two months of use. If you look carefully, you can see the texture of the wood on the surface: it's rough and unfinished, like someone on the production line forgot to sand or seal the board. Remember, this is after 10-12 applications of oil, so you can only imagine what the board was like straight out of the box.
I can't say this enough: do not buy this cutting board.