I know I'm late to the party but thought I would post this anyway.
You can't multiply things in real life.
267 pieces of wood time anything is ridiculous.
A previous poster correctly pointed out that multiplication is just addition.
And we understand addition in real life.
If you have one apple and then you add another apple you have two apples.
So lets approach it as addition.
If I have 267 pieces of wood and I add nothing I get 267 pieces of wood.
But that isn't what you asked, the previous can be represented as 267 + 0 = 267.
However 267 * 0 means 0 when you translate it to addition.
3 * 3 translates to 0 + 3 + 3 + 3
3 * 2 translates to 0 + 3 + 3
3 * 1 translates to 0 + 3
3 * 0 translates to 0
In fact anything * 0 translates to 0 because when you multiply by 0 you are not adding anything to anything, there is no addition.
Now trying to represent that in real life may cause your shower to turn you into a prune. I like the black hole reprentation. I dropped my 267 pieces of wood in there and now I have none.
A more interesting representation of multiplication in real life is area.
If you have a 3 rows x 2 columns of tile, you have 6 tiles.
If you have 267 rows x 0 columns of tile, you have no tiles.
However this model fails much beyond 4 things multiplied together as you run out of real world dimensions.