Published at Monday, April 02nd, 2018 - 20:43:09 PM. Kitchen Island. By Lucija Bališ.
Excerpt from Butcher Block Countertops - How to Build a Butcher Block Top :
How to Build a Butcher Block Top. There are two alternative finishes which can be applied to butcher block countertops. The mineral oil finish is the one used for cutting surfaces. The oil conditions the wood so that it won't dry out, warp, or crack. Every time you wash the countertop you will remove some of the oil. Therefore, you should re-apply this non-toxic material every 6 weeks or so.
Mineral oil is not waterproof, so if the top gets wet, the grain could raise, making the wood feel rough. So having sunk in butcher block countertops is not a good idea. The area around the sink will eventually discolor, turning dark. Cut marks from knives are easily sanded out, but then you should re-oil. Another finish used on wood countertops is the "varnique" finish. This is baked on satin polyurethane finish. It is safe for contact with food, and it has a low sheen, which most folks are happy with.
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