butcher block kitchen counter protection?

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Forum topic by ocwoodworker posted 10-16-2011 06:20 AM 1295 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2011 06:20 AM

Just installed a butcher block counter. What is a good protection against moisture?

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 06:40 AM

for a hand applied finish. look to general finishes Arm R Seal, or water lox, for a sprayed finish look to general finishes Endurovar…

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 08:15 PM

A good quality wiping urethane varnish will work well. I have used water based stuff with good results. Be prepared to apply several coats for max protection. Buff with a synthetic pad between coats for a slick surface. I will also wax after final coat. I don’t use a gloss finish. Satin will look good.
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#3 posted 10-17-2011 08:19 PM

Also, are you going to cut on this counter? I have a cherry counter and used marine polyurithaene on it. Looks great after more than a year but we do not cut on it. If you use it as a cutting surface, the rules are different.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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