A butcher block table can help make your kitchen much more efficient. Built to take a beating, butcher block doubles as a functional chopping surface as well as an eating or serving table. Butcher block is often made of hard maple—a dense, strong wood that doesn't add flavor to what you're chopping on it. It's cut across the grain, so it'll wear evenly without warping. Just keep it clean and oil it occasionally.
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