So my DH has become very good at sharpening our knives and he has quite an opinion when I use one of these fancy, schmancy, sharpened knives on a ceramic plate or the countertop…hee hee hee. Sorry babe. You are awesome, you know that. Just so everyone knows, I typically use a wooden cutting board. (A really nice board that my DH made with his own 2 marvelously talented hands; that, let me note, are constantly getting cut by his surgically sharp knives! LOL)
Anyway, I figured that a man who puts so much time and effort into keeping sharp knives for me, really for him, but let me amuse myself and say me, deserves to have a really awesome block to use those knives on. Well, I don’t have $600 sitting around to spend on a new one, so what is a girl to do? What was that? Did you say, “Craigslist of course!” I thought you did, and how right you are. Let’s check the good, old, trusty Craigslist. Hee hee hee.
I found a handsome block, made by the world famous John Boos. This is the type of butcher blocks that are sought world over by top celebrity chefs. Check out some of his blocks here : www.johnboos.com
Our block is called the “AB Block 10 in. Deep”
So like I was saying, I found this block after a lot of searching. I really liked how thick the cutting block was…a whole 10 inches thick, of end grain, hard rock maple. If you don’t know, that is a good thing. So I called the guy and went to pick the beast up. He felt sorry for me when I got there and gave me a discount. I did sing my sad song of a housewife, in a new land, with all her monkeys, looking for a steal of a deal and a prized gift for her dearly beloved hubby lubby! LOL. Okay, so maybe I didn’t really sing, (I don’t sing ya’ know!) but I did tell him how I wanted this very special block for my hubby who would really appreciate it, almost as much as his super sharp knives would.
Okay, enough moosh and goosh. I got the block, brought it home and realized that this bad boy was really dry. It needed some serious oiling, but first I sanded it down. Trust me, it needed it. It had this hideous honey gold finish on it…why would you stain a block like this? I don’t know, but I sanded it down. It is so smooth and soft now. Next, I dowsed that thing in John Boos Mystery Oil. It ended up soaking up about half the bottle. The kids enjoyed helping me rub the oil into the wooded surface. I let it dry for a couple days and then gave it a good coating of John Boos Block Board Cream with Beeswax. I really coated it well with the wax and let it sit as per the instructions for 24 hours. Okay, maybe a bit longer due to my ADD! LOL. When I got back to the block it had absorbed most of the Board Cream and the Beeswax had provided a nice coating. I gently wiped off the excess, (there wasn’t much) and put the legs on.
Remember how I said I sanded the block…due to the ugly, chippy stain…well, the legs were the same color and I just couldn’t have that! So They got 2 coats of black chalk paint. Then a gently rubbing on the edges and here it is!
It is after all his: 37th Birthday / 15th (elopement )Wedding Anniversary / 13th Father’s Day gift! Whew, that was a mouth full.
What dooo ya’ think?