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I just installed a kitchen island/table with a B-block top. Not sure how to seal/treat the bare wood. Some recommend linseed oil, others use mineral oil or a combo of both. Just curious if anyone has experience/advice for proper treatment and care....

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There are several ways to to finish butcher block:

1. nothing-- but wipe up spills as they happen, may get permanent stains

2. Commercial food safe oil finishes--OK, easy to clean and touch up , difficult to find sometimes

3. Linseed oil --may turn black with time and may have toxic components

4. Mineral oil USP grade--low cost,easy to maintain, available at any pharmacy

5. Food safe commercial wipe on varnish products-- easy to apply ,high maintenance due to scratches and burns but a long lasting finish after drying.

6. Food safe natural oil finishes--smells nice, high maintenance, expensive, may discolor with time

 

I generally go with number 4 but YMMV

 

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Thanks. Lots to consider.

 

Next question: Does an oil finish leave a film??? Will papers like mail, kid's homework, and winning lottery tickets become stained when left on the counter????

 

 

 

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Thanks. Lots to consider.

Next question: Does an oil finish leave a film??? Will papers like mail, kid's homework, and winning lottery tickets become stained when left on the counter????

 

Hopefully the person applying the oil will wipe up the excess.

 

It will soak in, so right after application it may be a little wet, but it goes away fairly fast.

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You could also try wax. As I recall, you thin out some melted paraffin with mineral oil, then spread/squeegee over the surface. Let it cool/harden and scrape off the excess (save for next time around). It's supposed to last longer than mineral oil, and just as non-toxic. I'd stay away from linseed oil (raw linseed oil takes a long time to cure, and the boiled stuff usually has (toxic) metallic driers in it) and any film-forming finish (unless the butcher block is never used as a cutting surface)

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olive oil will become rancid. smell? taste?

 

I do nt know may be I should try it on my next butcher block. I just make a small English walnut // Bl walnut/ // american ash and chestnut butcher block. I will oil it with olive oil for a few months to see.

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When we do butcher block tops we just use mineral oil or sometimes oil is supplied with the top depending on whether or not the customer pays for it. In that case it could be any of the above mentioned items.

 

 

Never use regular cooking oils as they will become rancid over a period of time.

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  I've been making blocks for years, mineral oil when the wood gets dry or dull is all you need. You can drink the stuff, so there are no health issues. I put it on heavy by hand, let it sit all day, and towel off any excess.1230110906.jpg1230110910.jpg


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