Would a real butcher block be going to far?

My original plan was to purchase a couple of kiln dried maple slabs from the lumber yard to put under my equipment.

Being into antique furniture I decided to look around on Facebook marketplace and was able to find true old world butcher blocks from butcher stores and old farmhouses.

Companies like Butcher Block Acoustics are edge grained and get $200 and up for units that are 2 inches thick or more. Depending on what you would like to order.

Old true butcher blocks are hard maple end grain, which I believe is better, and generally run 10 to 15 inches thick. 

These can be had for as little as $250.

I am curious if anyone on here has ever went to this extreme.

My system is comprised of an Eversolo dmp-a6 streamer, Peachtree Carina integrated and Tekton Impact (not double Impacts) tower speakers. 

Power distribution is via a Shunyata PS8 with a High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5 Helix plugged in to it. 

All of my cables and cords are from Audio Envy. 


I think another benefit of the end gra8n was it absorbed flids, acting to dessecate the surface  and therefore reduce bacterial growth.

But none of that matters for audio, except if you hear the ghosts of all the animals previously butchered on it.

butcher block is not going too far. its been a big thing for a coupla years for TT isolation. use it with some kinda adjustible feet to decouple or to offer absorptoin/suspension of some type

I heard of a guy who poured a concrete pillar from the basement foundation of his house for his TT.  Maybe a bit overkill,  or not.

@atmasphere Well put. Different density layers of material laminated together would be even better.

Butcher blocks are very unstable dimensionally. If you live anywhere with seasons, you will a very large change in dimensions from winter to summer. Might not be an issue for this application, but you should be aware of it.

I have a 5" thick butcher block about 20" on a side made from white oak on legs so it is equal to my counter height. I changes about a quarter inch between seasons.


On a side note, butcher blocks are made from closed grain wood, white oak in particular is the best. White oak is naturally toxic to bacteria, and will not absorb moisture very easily. The wood is also extremely difficult to score deep enough to allow debris to get trapped forming a safe harbor for bacteria. There was a rash of e coli breakouts when many health departments banned them, and it took a while for folks to figure out that the plastic replacements where less safe than the wood. They can also be easily refinished by scrapping, and a bit of oil.


It will couple well to the floor because of its weight, so some cork isolation pads are probably a good idea. I doubt fancy isolation pads will do much since it will take a lot of energy to get it to resonate. 

Load a tuning app on your phone and hit it with a mallet. With luck, it will be over-damped and not ring at a single frequency. If it rings in the low mid-range (125-600Hz), probably best to not use it on gear that could be sensitive. Our hearing is extremely acute in this range, and these ranges of resonance will have a lot of energy and be about impossible to damp. If it is made from white oak, it will probably ring above 1200 Hz. Frequencies this high and above can be isolated out with some feet under the gear very easily.