We installed an oak butcher block on our island several years ago because we couldn't find a match for our existing granite. Finished it with butcher block oil. My wife uses it for all of her prep work, and barely ever cleans it off. After the first several coats after installation I'll make her clean it off once a year to sand and recoat it. I can say that it's held up very nicely for the abuse it gets. The key is to wipe up spills immediately that could stain it like wine/vinegar. This past year though it's received a few spots of wine stains, a small burn mark, a glass ring from condensation, and crayon from my son. I cleaned it off yesterday. My last experience showed that sandpaper gums up quickly with the oil, but is workable. This time I used my card scraper. The scraper took out every stain quickly and easily leaving a smooth top. I applied butcher block oil mixed with bees wax this time and the thing looks as good as when we first installed it besides a shallow scratch I didn't work on long enough.
Overall I'm happy with it and it looks great. The key is to wipe up spills like I said, but recoat it more often then I've been able to. It does come with maintenance, but it's not difficult. We don't exactly baby our top so I'm impressed with it so far.
We bought that one from ikea, but they moved from solid wood to veneered particle board. Stay away from it! Lumber liquidators sells the same stuff though (solid laminated wood) for just a little more than what we got ours for, plus they have different size and color options.
Edit: I should add that my wife used cutting boards for prep work so most of the crap doesn't get to the top anyways. I forbade her from using it as a cutting board. But appliances like her stand mixer are on it often, spills from butter, dough, etc hit it often. Just wipe it down before they have a chance to soak into the wood.
Last edited by 27207; 03-04-2015 at 08:10 AM.