Butcher Block SpecialistHi all,
I purchased a custom made work table 3' x 5' with a bottom shelf and a 3" thick end grain maple top with a 1 sq. foot juice groove on the left side, and aluminum rods inlaid into grooves in the wood on the right side so that I can rest a hot pot or pan on it without damaging the surface. I have had it for 4 years now, and it is amazing. It is my prized kitchen piece. I oil it with mineral oil regularly. I do not cut raw chicken on it, but everything else for me is fair game.(Maybe no beets as not to stain it). It was pretty reasonably priced, and hand made. End grain is better for your knives than edge grain. It takes better care, but I think that the look of it and aid to your knives makes the price well worth it as opposed to edge grain. They do custom made pieces, boards, and countertops of all sizes and shapes with a lot of custom options. I suggest maple because it has natural bacteria fighting enzymes. The place is called butcher block specialist. They are in washington state, but ship anywhere. Check them out online. If you call speak with Terry.