cherry kitchen island

cherry kitchen island

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Hard maple lumber is the main wood used by John Boos & Co to manufacture butcher block furniture. Hard maple also is recognized as sugar maple, because it can be tapped to harvest its sap which is used to make maple syrup. Maple is hard and heavy with outstanding strength and resists wear, making it the perfect material for butcher blocks and cutting boards. A further advantage of maple is the fact that is does not impart any flavor to food. In the workshop environment, hard maple bends easily when steam heated, and it machines well. Its dense, straight grain underpins the aesthetics of hard maple work table tops, counter tops, and cutting boards. Indeed, it is a beautiful wood for any kitchen.

For butcher and chopping blocks, John Boos uses end-grain construction, with vertical segments bonded together up to 16″ deep, which can be identified easily by their checkerboard appearances. This is the grain of the lumber as seen when sawn across the annual growth rings. The end grain creates a work surface that is very sturdy and ideal for everyday kitchen food preparation tasks. The surface is favored by chefs as it absorbs the contact of a knife or cleaver as the vertical alignment of the grain helps the blade to slightly penetrate but close up again after the blade is removed. This too prevents that blade from dulling as rapidly as it would dull on other surfaces. Whenever an end-grain surface is needed directly for cutting, it has an oiled finish, which should be re-oiled about every four weeks. Oiling the block surface restores the suppleness of the grain at the surface and prevents the wood from drying. John boos countertops, wood kitchen countertops by John Boos & Co. to meet all your requirements to the fullest you can find online on this website.

John Boos too uses end-grain hard maple construction to fabricate kitchen island tops from 2.25″ to 7″ thick. This makes an exceptional work surface for all food prepping tasks.

For cutting boards, John Boos uses edge-grain construction. Edge grain is quarter sawn, i.e. wood that is first quartered all along its length into wedges, which are then tipped on their points and sawn the length of the axis into boards. This results in boards with growth rings mostly at right angles to the surface and straight, striped grain lines. For the chef, he gets a cutting surface that resists knife-edge dulling. As an edge-grain cutting board also is restricted in size by the fabrication process, it provides a heavy-duty yet convenient cutting surface (edge-grain chopping blocks are heavy). The surface of an edge-grain cutting board also requires routine oiling to restore the fibers and avert drying.

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