I've come across some old bowling alley material to potentially use for new kitchen countertops in a remodel. Pros and cons? If you have to use a cutting block anyway, what's the point. How about sanitation? any other thoughts out there?
You need a cutting board with any countertop anyway.
I never had a wood top, but bowling alley wood seems as good as any if properly installed and finished.
Sounds OK to me. The only possible issues I can see is with what the wood has been used for there may be some possible contaminants involved but the finish would contain them. And IIRC, bowling lanes get waxed, so residual wax might need to be washed out with solvents for stain or finish to 'take' correctly. But what the heck- try finishing a spot and if it looks like it will work go for it!
I am sure the finish on them is not food safe so sanding it off would be necessary. I have worked with old bowling lanes before and the ones i worked with had a ton of nails in it they had nailed the strips together as they glued it up. I dont know if they all are like that but if they are i don't think it is worth the trouble it was a real pita and destroyed a ton of blades. Luckily i was doing counters for a hardware store and they had supplied the material so i had them supply all of the blades