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Hi Folks, I’m back again, my retired life has been quite hectic but I hope I can stay tuned in from now on. One thing I have been able to do though is get a good start on my workshop. I built this huge w/bench 3’ x 10’ Butcher Block top, made from 2×4’s, and a 2×6 frame, on 4×4” legs (photos to fallow). My question is and I hope someone will answer; Dose anyone know of a Finnish or solution that I can apply to my Butcher Block top to protect it from stains and dings etc.? I want to keep it as natural looking as possible, but at the same time I don’t want to build another down the road because this one has got permanently ugly. I realize I can sand it and that does work to a point, but I could eventually wear it out that way. Thanks in advance and Happy New Year to all of you and to those you hold dear. JohnT

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#1 posted 01-06-2008 11:12 AM

I just did some research on a butcher block finish for the kitchen. It is salad bowl finish and mineral spirits about 2/3 : 1/3. Of course it is meant to be safe for food prep, and might be a bit spendy for a huge (hear my envy) workbench. If you go to “the Wood Whisperer” linked on the right side of your screen, he has a great video on the topic.

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#2 posted 01-06-2008 03:10 PM

I’m wondering about this myself.. I would like a flat finish true to the wood also… I suppose think about what may drip all over the bench? and how you’d clean it… I’d like to try a teak oil or watco danish finish oil on mine.. But reading some of the pages that pop up from “work bench finishes” on google.. I see a lot of folks end up use poly/oil combo… This may be best… Here’s some links: Patrick LLC
I used several coats of clear, water-based polyurethane on my POWERMATIC Workbench Extension Table but virtually any good quality finish material will work. ... – 20k – Cached – Similar pages
Poly on Workbench Top [Archive] – BT3Central Forums
[Archive] Poly on Workbench Top Project related discussions. ... I finish between coats with wet 220 and a little mineral spirits. ... – 13k – Cached – Similar pages

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#3 posted 01-07-2008 05:19 AM

Patrick Miles; Hi Pat, thanks for the input. Could you tell me what wet 220 is? It doesn’t sound like something I’ve seen here in AB. Johnt.

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#4 posted 01-07-2008 07:32 AM

Charles Neil in his videos uses heavy paper on top of his bench when he is finishing.

In Big orange I’ve seen paper in the same isle as the engineered flooring. Theirs is pink and it’s quite thick. it would probably sop up a lot of brush overlaps and drips. he was also using it with BLO etc and putting the piece on the paper.

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#5 posted 01-07-2008 07:52 AM

Karson; Thanks Karson that’s a good option I appreciate the heads up. JohnT

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