Solid Wood Butchers Block Chopping Board now £4.49 at Argos
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Solid Wood Butchers Block Chopping Board now £4.49 at Argos

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Found 29th May 2014
Good value for money and a decent size too. Order online for free instore collection.

* Made from solid wood.
* Chopping board size L34, W24, D3cm.

67 Comments

Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of wood glued together.....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at different rates, over time this will crack reducing it's lifespan.

If you see a real butchers block it will generally be made from one piece of solid wood.

Not bad for the price, but Argos description is a little naughty ...... by their philosophy you could describe chipboard as being made of solid wood

Just reserved. Showed on site £4.99 when reservation went through price changed to £4.49.

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corred1964

Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of … Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of wood glued together.....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at different rates, over time this will crack reducing it's lifespan.If you see a real butchers block it will generally be made from one piece of solid wood.Not bad for the price, but Argos description is a little naughty ...... by their philosophy you could describe chipboard as being made of solid wood



...and about 6" thick and cost £100. The bonded block boards are usually end grain and much better and more stable.

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher

corred1964

Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of … Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of wood glued together.....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at different rates, over time this will crack reducing it's lifespan.If you see a real butchers block it will generally be made from one piece of solid wood.Not bad for the price, but Argos description is a little naughty ...... by their philosophy you could describe chipboard as being made of solid wood



£4.99 vs £49.99.

Well I was a butcher and all the blocks were glued end grain pieces not one solid block. I have a block like this and its at least ten years old and it has not cracked at all !!!

Oil it regularly and it will be fine.

black knight

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher



It's near edges, each corner.

These are constructed of solid bits of wood. Not even comparable to chip board. Like the work tops these can be treated with a oil which hardens, given three coats would be fine in a dish washer, you get what you pay for!

corred1964

Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of … Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of wood glued together.....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at different rates, over time this will crack reducing it's lifespan.If you see a real butchers block it will generally be made from one piece of solid wood.Not bad for the price, but Argos description is a little naughty ...... by their philosophy you could describe chipboard as being made of solid wood



What a load of nonsense! A solid wood item is exactly what it is... natural solid wood! Butcher blocks are made up of smaller wood cuts that are positioned with the end grain facing upwards. This provides a much harder surface for chopping/slicing on and minimizes the chances of the board warping. As others have said, oil the wood with olive oil or mineral oil (not danish oil, etc) and the board should last you years. I would not advise putting it in the dishwasher either, just rinse and wipe clean.

black knight

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher



Didn't realise people were getting so lazy nowadays...

FriesWithThat

Oil it regularly and it will be fine.



the oil that they sell in ikea is good quality and very reasonably priced.

as long as the board is looked after (dry it as soon as its been washed, dont leave it soaking in water, oil it regularly) then it should last for ages, and be much kinder to your knives than other types of chopping board

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black knight

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher



I don't see the point of being so lazy that instead of running a chopping board under hot tap and scrubbing it clean which takes all of 5 seconds, some find the need to purchase a dishwasher to do it for them which takes much much longer, costs more in electricity, gas, water and dishwasher tablets.

Walk to the mirror and repeat the following

"I bought a dishwasher cos im a lazy bum. I must do better".

Now slap yourself hard.

Feel better?

wanye

the oil that they sell in ikea is good quality and very reasonably … the oil that they sell in ikea is good quality and very reasonably priced.as long as the board is looked after (dry it as soon as its been washed, dont leave it soaking in water, oil it regularly) then it should last for ages, and be much kinder to your knives than other types of chopping board



IIRC the Ikea oil is linseed based, which as you say is good but can be a smelly for a few days. I've used it and it lasts a good while. If not that, then any oil is better than none at all. I've used olive oil which works well and normally readily available in most folks kitchens.

34 X 24, that's rather small !

Butchers blocks and good chopping boards are made in the same way as this board using laminated blocks of wood with end grain as the cutting surface. Why end grain? - because it's less likely the blunt a cutting edge / knife. The wood fibers are oriented vertically meaning the blade isn't really cutting across them but 'between' them. So goes the theory. Good butchers blocks often made from maple btw, this one's likely to be rubberwood, quite serviceable but may crack eventually. To all those who complain about their Joseph and Joseph plastic chopping board marking badly from knives, that's not a fault. The board should not be so hard that it blunts the knife which leads me to say if you want sharp knives to stay sharp avoid marble and granite chopping boards.
Slow day at office.

black knight

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher



Don't be so lazy. . and hand wash it

corred1964

.....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at … .....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at different rates, over time this will crack reducing it's lifespan.



What absolute twaddle. I've got one of these (albeit about 7cm thick) and it's about 8 years old! There's no cracks, another reason they use end blocks is so it doesn't warp over time.

black knight

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher



Be buying house that had a dishwasher
Be putting all dirty washing up in dishwasher
.. churning away for about an hour ..
Be using lots of water and electricity
Be taking washing up out of dishwasher
Be still dirty
Be washing dirty washing up in the sink

corred1964

Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of … Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of wood glued together.....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at different rates, over time this will crack reducing it's lifespan.If you see a real butchers block it will generally be made from one piece of solid wood.Not bad for the price, but Argos description is a little naughty ...... by their philosophy you could describe chipboard as being made of solid wood



I've had one of these for a decade - don't think it was from Argos though - but no signs of splitting at all.

If you're daft enough to leave these submersed in water for prolonged periods of time, perhaps they may occur.

black knight

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher



I don't see the point of a chopping board, you can buy everything pre-chopped.

trixabel

I don't see the point of being so lazy that instead of running a chopping … I don't see the point of being so lazy that instead of running a chopping board under hot tap and scrubbing it clean which takes all of 5 seconds, some find the need to purchase a dishwasher to do it for them which takes much much longer, costs more in electricity, gas, water and dishwasher tablets.Walk to the mirror and repeat the following"I bought a dishwasher cos im a lazy bum. I must do better".Now slap yourself hard. Feel better?



Actually dishwasher uses less water than you doing washing up by hand!

Secondly, to get rid of all the bacteria by doing washing up by hand you need a pretty high temperature water, which your hands, even in gloves, will not tolerate.

I also don't like the idea of having a bowl of washing up waiting in the house. I would rather spend that time with my family.

So I would rather be called lazy by a total stranger whom frankly I don't give a monkey than spend precious hours of my life washing up :P

cruz

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I would never use one of these as a chopping board, or any of the ridiculous glass ones that people seem so keen to buy. IMO they are not meant to be cutting/chopping surfaces but as in the name, a worktop saver, mybe used for placing food etc on or for hot pans etc.

I spend too much on knives for them to be used on anything other than a wooden block or a decent nylon board.

cruz

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I would never use one of these as a chopping board, or any of the ridiculous glass ones that people seem so keen to buy. IMO they are not meant to be cutting/chopping surfaces but as in the name, a worktop saver, mybe used for placing food etc on or for hot pans etc.

I spend too much on knives for them to be used on anything other than a wooden block or a decent nylon board.

What a load of mixed up thoughts on a £4.49 board....

Thanks op. Ordered and heat added.

bargainhunter666

What a load of mixed up thoughts on a £4.49 board....



Haha, thought the same.

Oh well, ordered and heat.

interesting discussion.

I had been led to believe that wood boards were generally bad because they absorb moisture, including the bacteria in the moisture. Even if you seal it with an oil, your knives are just going to cut through that seal... no?

Next size up is half price too. Bigger is better as they say...

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Salters

Just reserved. Showed on site £4.99 when reservation went through price … Just reserved. Showed on site £4.99 when reservation went through price changed to £4.49.


wow, 50p saving... must buy

scotia2

interesting discussion.I had been led to believe that wood boards were … interesting discussion.I had been led to believe that wood boards were generally bad because they absorb moisture, including the bacteria in the moisture. Even if you seal it with an oil, your knives are just going to cut through that seal... no?



Wooden cutting boards can be more hygienic than plastic cutting boards because of the movement of the bacteria. The bacteria naturally move towards the centre of the board and then die because there are no nutrients, where it is not possible to fully clean in the knife cuts of plastic chopping boards.

More info HERE if you feel like it.

very good!

These are great for chopping off the heads of chickens when it comes time to kill them.

corred1964

Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of … Made from solid wood is a bit misleading, it is made from lots of bits of wood glued together.....the unfortunate consequence is that as these absorb water at different rates, over time this will crack reducing it's lifespan.If you see a real butchers block it will generally be made from one piece of solid wood.Not bad for the price, but Argos description is a little naughty ...... by their philosophy you could describe chipboard as being made of solid wood



When was the last time you saw a tree wide enough to make a butchers block out of? My uncle was a butcher and he had a solid wood block made from 25mm staves.
Chipboard is made of wood chippings which are glued and pressed. These are not solid wood. Stupid comparison to make

AnnaMak

Actually dishwasher uses less water than you doing washing up by … Actually dishwasher uses less water than you doing washing up by hand!Secondly, to get rid of all the bacteria by doing washing up by hand you need a pretty high temperature water, which your hands, even in gloves, will not tolerate.I also don't like the idea of having a bowl of washing up waiting in the house. I would rather spend that time with my family.So I would rather be called lazy by a total stranger whom frankly I don't give a monkey than spend precious hours of my life washing up :P



Ahh the ol' dishwasher argument!. I recently bought a house and refurbed it top to bottom. The one thing people asked is why have such a large kitchen and not have a dishwasher!...because i find washing up therapeutic and think dishwashers are dirty unhygenic things to have in the house. You ever looked at the pipes after a year....horrible. Even if you have a family of 6 it never takes more than 10 mins to wash up, actually takes a lot longer to rinse, load and then empty the dishawasher.......just saying

Learn to stack your dishwasher and stuff comes out clean, certainly doesn't need rinsing first. Proven to use less energy than washing by hand.

My concern with a board like this would be with chemicals leaching out of the glue.

Bargain when you consider the likes of John Lewis etc sell thin, flimsy things shaped like fish and bread slices for £20+

The time it takes to stack the dirty dishes next to the sink in order to hand wash them, is the time it takes to put them in the dishwasher and have it all done for you.

I have had one of these chopping boards before and although they look nice, they are very heavy and unwieldy, hard to swipe stuff in to the bin from.

black knight

I don't see the point of a chopping board that cannot go in a dishwasher

Learn this critical point from your mum and grandma or any available relative.
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