Bambino Butcher's Block
Submitted by: JEFF THORNTON
A stylish cutting surface for the discerning foodie
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I’ve always wanted a butcher’s block, but I don’t own a forklift with which to move it around the house. Nor do I have an overly large kitchen in which to place it. And the fact that once I’ve finished cutting whatever it is I’m cutting, I can’t get a bowl under it to scrape of my ingredients into has always annoyed me.
These were the obstacles that I needed to overcome with my design. Traditional butcher’s blocks have a great surface area on which to cut. I didn’t want to lose that so I made mine 565x425mm in area; all the squares are cut end-grain, which is far gentler on your good knives. The reason that it is not square is some female friends advised me that they would have difficulty reaching the back of the block as I originally envisaged it, hence the rectangular cutting board. It’s also 45mm thick, so if you ever need to sand it back and re-oil it, you’ve got years of use until it becomes too thin to warrant the title of ‘butcher’s block’.
The board is also able to be detached from the body if you ever need to move house, or want to re-surface it. It also means that it will be easily transportable in two pieces. Having the board mounted centrally allows you to place a good sized bowl under the edge to scrape your ingredients into. At the back of the board are rare earth magnets so that you can have your knives handy when using it.
The compact size and lighter weight from a traditional block means that it can be tucked away into a corner when not in use. This makes it eminently suitable for people living in apartments or having a smaller kitchen.
This butcher’s block has been made using Houn Pine and Tasmanian Blackwood, the result of a trip down south earlier in the year. I’ve used solid brass acorn nuts to attach the board to the base and finished it all with food-safe Kunos countertop oil.
All the timber used has been certified under the AFS, PEFC and FTT certification programs. Which is covered by the Fine Tasmanian Chain of Custody System (CoC) which aims to ensure that customers are supplied with products containing timbers that are legally obtained from a recognized forest source certified to the Australian Forestry Standard.