Spotted in Chinatown, placed out on the curb as garbage. Some chef or butcher definitely got his or her money's worth out of this butcher block.
Rain Noe is a writer and industrial designer based in New York City.
a band saw would save a lot of time in resurfacing it
With a router and a little time one could readily flatten the top and it has a lot more years in it... And lots of stories.
Is it still there? It just needs to be resurfaced, it's still good!
It may not be clear from the photos, but the top is about 10 inches in depth and was bowled out to about 4-5 inches in depth. I confess that I wanted to drag it back to my place, resurface it and use it, but I didn't want to deal with 1) hauling the thing, 2) whatever raw meat residue had come into contact with the surface, and 3) the constant resharpening of my jack plane blade that would be required to work that much end grain. (I no longer own a router, and even if I did, would not want to bother with building the sled.)
I always wonder, when I see this (either in or recently out of the kitchen) who has been eating all that wood fiber in their meals!
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