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What's safe to use to finish butcher block?

Woodburner, does the sanding work on a butcherblock that has already been oiled for a few years? Also, would the Tung oil work well, after sanding, if I don't really want to use the block to cut on, I'd rather use other cutting boards that I can scrub. Thanks!

Sep 01, 2011
Koukla in Cookware

Butcherblock Island, how to finish it?

Thanks, all, I appreciate all of the good advice! The waxing sounds interesting, and you mentioned the heat level...this is an Arizona, so it will be rather warm (summer) while we are gone!

Sep 01, 2011
Koukla in Cookware

Butcherblock Island, how to finish it?

Thanks...the only issue is that this is a 2nd home, so we will be there sporadically (missing a few months at a time), and don't want to worry about it drying out. Wondering if their is a safe 'finish' that is not oil? Don't really have to worry about kids, mine are 20-somethings... I appreciate the help!

Aug 31, 2011
Koukla in Cookware

Butcherblock Island, how to finish it?

Hi, we just bought a home with a butcher block island, they had used it to chop food on directly, and therefore oiled it monthly to keep it in good shape. I want to get it sanded down, and then either put a light stain on it, and then seal it (with what?). I'd prefer to use cutting boards that I can really scrub, (and put in the dishwasher), than using a huge island to put food directly on.

Any ideas?

Aug 31, 2011
Koukla in Cookware