I finally got my Boos Block. I was working on a custom design for a while and had a friend lined up with the right skills to do it but the idea never made it through to production.
I wanted a large end grain block that was three inches thick by about eighteen inches wide by thirty inches long. From my research, I understood that end grain blocks help against bacteria and just from common sense seem much stronger to the typical layout of a cutting board.
One day we were traveling through a Sur la Table near or in Glendale and there was a nice size Boos Block up for grabs. It was $110 and well within my budget so I decided to get it. So far, I've been very happy with it. It's not end grain but it does the job at well below half of what I was willing to spend.
I think that after a good knife, the next most important thing in the kitchen is where to use that knife. After a good rub down with a natural bees wax sealer paired with mineral oil, my board was ready to use.