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SawdustJunky

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08-24-2010 10:36 PM

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After 5 years of putting it off, I have finally gotten around to building a roll around cabinet with a butcher block top. I remodeled the kitchen 5 years ago and installed cherry cabinets. My wife has been after me since to make the a butcher block top cabinet to match the rest of the kitchen. Finally ran out excuses and built it. I’m putting a mixed cherry and maple top on it but not sure how to finish it. Or I should say which way to finish it.
Mineral Oil or Poly? Both have pros and cons. I’m leaning more to the poly side since it seals all the way thru, or so I’m told. Then there is the discussion over fdood grade poly compared to the regular big box brands. Chemically speaking after it dries I don’t see a difference.

What say you cutting board makers of the LJ world???

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#1 posted 08-25-2010 01:10 AM

I use commercial Butcher block sealer on my cutting boards and butcher blocks. I am not as concerned with “food grade poly” as I probably should be. I Just don’t like the way it holds up to repeated cycles of cutting, scrubbing, cutting scrubbing. It gets shiny places and dull places. To refinish, requires sanding and recoating. The butcher block finish is a wipe on, let sit, wipe off. repeat.

I will watch this forum for other ideas.

Michael

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 01:31 AM

SJ, your finish is really determined by how you’re going to use it, if it’s just a countertop & you’re not going to be using a knife ontop of it, then go with poly at least three coats. If you’re going to be cutting on it then you’re going to want to use a food safe block oil. The usual mantra for a wood board is once a day for a week, once a week for a month, and then it’s needed every 3 to 4 months depending on use. Don’t cut proteins or potentially hazardous foods on the wood boards, always use a poly board you can put through the dishwasher. Did you build it with the end grain up?, or is it across long grain? end grain boards always last much longer I’d suggest you poly the counter top and build a matching species style board on end grain for actual use, as a cutting board and then the other top can always be used for rolling pastry, or bread etc.

Would love to see a pic,
Chef Derek

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 01:24 PM

Thanks guys…..this is about what I thought…..each method has its own madness. We’ve had a roll around butcher block for nearly 20 years and never had an issue with food contamination but then we never cut meat on it without a poly block under it. The old one was sealed with polyu and we do use it as a cutting suface as well just no meat. You are correct SD, the shiny and dull surface is bit annoying. The new top is long garin alternating strips of dark cherry and maple. I hope to complete the project this weekend at least to the point of 1 or 2 coat of which ever sealer I use. I’ll post some picture when it is complete. Thanks again.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 02:26 AM

SJ, Here’s my end grain board, put together from 1”x 2”x 2” White Oak. I’ve never had to resurface it & it seems like I had to sand out my long grain tables every two years or so. The only finish is the block oil

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#5 posted 08-27-2010 03:22 PM

Nice board CD…............. I decided to long grain and use mineral oil. I applied 4 coats the first day, 3 the second and it is still soaking it up, just not at fast. I figure a couple of coats a day for the next 4 or 5 days should get me to a useable stage. Thanks for the pix and suggestions. Should be able to post my pix next week.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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