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Posted on Old Reclaimed Brazilian Wood CounterTops, How to Finish?

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 05:49 PM

That wood is pretty much indestructible, hence, used on a bridge. It probably is Brazilian cherry, also known as Jatoba as stated above. I would stay away from tung oil just because it stinks…bad, and may take a long time for the smell to go away.

I disagree with with Mr. Bryan and think getting a product (or making your own) with beeswax in it would be very good. I finish all my butcher blocks this way and when water gets on a waxed board, it just sits there. It may be better to take the wax you have and melt it in mineral oil to make a thicker “cream” than whats available commercially, this way it would provide more protection via more wax. The only thing is that this finish doesn’t cure and will have to be replenished from time to time.

Good luck, and if you have any more questions you can PM me if you want.

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