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I am almost finished remodeling the kitchen. Current project is island countertop.
I have made a butcher block counter from white oak well mostly odd strips did mingle in. Not sure how to finish it. Any suggestions? It is a work surface. It probably will get scuffed up unloading groceries etc so I don't want polyurethane. Not sure what I want

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How about General Finishes High Performance top coat

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There are a number of food safe oil finishes. You'll need to reapply periodically.

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Mineral oil is considered a "food safe" finish for a butcher block work area. It can be purchased cheaply from most drug stores. Mineral oil does not turn rancid like vegetable oil. To apply mineral oil use a cloth and apply in the direction of the grain. Let it soak in for a few minutes and then wipe the excess off. You can add bees wax to the finish after it has dried. You might also research cutting board finishes on the web. Home Hardware advertises one with mineral oil, bees wax, and a couple of other ingredients that apparently deal with bacteria. Many cutting boards are end grain which is harder to mark but is also hard on a kitchen knife edge. It sounds like yours is a side grain so there will be some marks over time in the popular work area.
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I am almost finished remodeling the kitchen. Current project is island countertop.
I have made a butcher block counter from white oak well mostly odd strips did mingle in. Not sure how to finish it. Any suggestions? It is a work surface. It probably will get scuffed up unloading groceries etc so I don't want polyurethane. Not sure what I want
I just want to clarify the use, are you saying you'll be preparing food on this surface or is it a landing spot while unloading groceries etc? or both?

I built a kitchen island that is a landing zone and food prep area. We always use a cutting board on the island for food prep - keeping those uses separate. If it's a landing zone it'll get 'dinged' plenty.

I used Emmet's Good Stuff for the island top, from the Bally Block Co. in MI. I've been happy with it.

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I agree with C Chuck and the others but you might go the to local meat distributor and see what they say? Even a butcher might know.

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Bill if it is only going to be a landing spot and not get wet (sitting water not something that gets wiped up immediately) and if you're not going to prepare food on it then the correct answer may be nothing at all. I have a butcher block in my kitchen and I use a cutting board on top of it and it has no finish and has held up just fine for 6 years now. Wooden cutting boards are no longer allowed in butcher shops here but when they were they were required to be cleaned regularly with chlorine bleach and I'm not sure oils would stand up to that. I suspect their wooden cutting boards were never treated.

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Hi bill. I make cheese boards/cutting boards out of cross cut wood- cherry, black walnut, and maple. I treat them with 100 % all natural hemp seed oil. which I buy from a farm called Hempola, near Barrie, Ontario, Canada. They ship ship the U.S.. It is totally food safe and durable. All the best, Billy Boy,, Bill Major
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"Good Stuff" sold by Crosscut Hardwoods in Seattle is formulated especially for butcher block tops. I even use it on my workbench. Works Great.
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I was leaning towards nothing at all. Not doing feed prep on it directly but will place hot items on it. Counter top appliances I would like to hear more about care and cleaning from Charles

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