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Another Butcherblock Question

Again on butcher block counter tops:

We are not sure what the best finish will be. Options are to wipe occasionally with mineral oil as we would a cutting board, or a more permanent finish such as waterproof spar varnish or a water resistant finish such are Minwax water based polycrylic.

We see the disadvantage of mineral oil as the need to frequently re-apply along with difficulty in keeping it off adjacent paintwork during reapplication. And the problem (perhaps) with a brush on finish is that if someone mars the countertop, it'll leave a chip that has to be repaired (whereas with mineral oil, one would just treat the scar).

For info, these are in an infrequently used guest kitchenette.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance

Re: Another Butcherblock Question

Well the main issue would be whether someone will be cutting directly on it or will use a cutting board. If they will be cutting directly on it you will want to use the mineral oil as the counter will get cut up and scratched. If you won't be cutting on it and are sure your guests won't see butcher block and think its safe to cut on then you could use a poly. Just be sure it is something that is non toxic or food safe as you want to be sure it is safe. Hope this helps you out.


Re: Another Butcherblock Question

Thanks for the answer Mike.

For anyone else out there with a similar question, I did a lot of research on this. Acceptable options seem to be mineral oil, tung oil, and salad bowl sealers. Each has strengths and drawbacks.

I chose a product from Watco specifically designed for butcher block counters, and rated by FDA as acceptable for food contact. I chose it because when dry it has a nicer feel than mineral oil, and I was not sure of food contact with tung oil.

The product is available at Lowes (and likely, other places).

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