Originally Posted by Find Finn
Leasing a butchers block, that doesn't sound disgusting at all.
If you want something used find a real butchers block from a closed butcher shop or find a wholesaler that sells industrial kitchen supplies.
Sounds to me like he wants an island/cart with a hardwood top. Doesn't necessarily have to be suitable for the commercial production of meat.
FWIW, I think most of the time when people are referring to "butcher block" surfaces in a kitchen these days, they are looking at the mcmaster/ikea style laminated wood tops, not specifically the end-grain stuff. Ikea will also sell you Oak/Beech/Birch countertops in 1.5" thickness for quite cheap if you want a DIY solution but don't need the mcmaster thickness.
Thanks for the tip on the mcmaster stuff though--I know a few people who work for them, so I'll keep it in mind if I need a surface (was thinking about doing a desk with hairpin legs)...although having them order me lumber is a little different than having them bring me some hinges and bearings.