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Forum topic by Rex4748 posted 04-22-2018 01:38 AM 292 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rex4748

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04-22-2018 01:38 AM

I’m looking at butcher blocks and the best available option seems to be an acacia countertop from Lumber Liquidators. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be much available info regarding how to finish acacia. I’m also a complete beginner.

My goal is to keep it as simple as possible. I just want a nice solid finish that will keep the wood from getting ruined by food, liquids, etc. and will be easy to clean when needed.

Aesthetics aren’t quite as important, but if I could get it looking a little darker and more uniform, that would be great. Acacia looks very bright in some spots and very dark in others, and seems to have a bit of a yellow tint. It would be nice if I could get that closer to brown or grey. I’d also like to avoid a glossy/plastic look or that ‘sticky’ feel you can sometimes end up with.

What would the best approach be? Minwax stain + satin poly seems to be the simplest route, but I don’t know.


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#1 posted 04-22-2018 06:45 AM

My hesitance about using a butcher block for a counter top would have nothing to do with the feeding of it’s finish. Any butcher block needs to have an oil, or oil wax finish to keep it serviceable. If left to dry out the wood itself will dry, and crack. My doubts are how did the persons gluing it together do it, and is the glue going to stand up to the daily torture a block counter will be exposed to?

I am much more in favor of having a more serviceable top be there for the counter top (Corian, Marble, Granite, Engineered stone, Stainless Steel, and even Formica), and use a large panel or two of cutting board I could use on top of it.

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#2 posted 04-22-2018 03:22 PM

For some reason I forgot to mention in my original post that I’m using the countertop as a desk, not an actual countertop. Otherwise, yes, I would agree.

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#3 posted 04-25-2018 02:44 AM

Probably for pure price a place like Lumber Liquidators would be hard to beat then. Their quality is often called into question on a floor, due to poor wear characteristics of cheap flooring. A desk top shouldn’t get that kind of abuse, so if it looks ok in the store, then it should be ok in use.

I have purchased 2 pre-made desk tops that were a butcher block. One I got on a special buy at WoodCraft when they cleared them out, the other was at Menards. Lowes and HD also had them, but the one at Menards looked much better, and was a third of the price. It was an on sale, during an 11% off. Was about 90” x 38” and 1 1/2” thick 59 bux IIRC. It worked very well for a desk for a Nephew going off to College.

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