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  1. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello everyone, Forgive me if this isn’t allowed here, this is my first post. I’m currently working on a piece of European walnut butcher block as a top for my desk. I am using minwax satin poly to coat it with a stain brush. I have done 4 coats of this as each coat has had its issues...
  2. Wood Finishing
    Hey all, I’m new here! I’d appreciate any input on how to best care for my new countertops. I purchased a few 1.5” thick acacia butcher blocks, then cut them up to fit my kitchen counter space (see picture). I treated them with several layers of water based wood conditioner, skipped any staining...
  3. Joinery
    Hi there! First-time poster, long time reader :) I'm working on a butcher block countertop island. When it is finished it will be 8ft by about 5ft. There is an 8"x16" post and a sink in the middle of the island. (I know that butcher block is not ideal for a sink placement, but our budget is...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    HI, I have a client who wants walnut butcher block table tops for their restaurant. They want them to be 30”x48”. I am just wanting to know if anyone could give their input on pricing for this with either a polyurethane finish vs an epoxy finish. I do not want to under quote myself. I’m thinking...
  5. General Woodworking Discussion
    I'm planning on sanding (to clean) and re-coat with wood conditioner our butcher block countertops and island. Sizes are 13 x 2.5ft, 7 x 2.5ft and 6 x 3.2ft island. Do you think 1. An orbital sander is easier to work with than a palm sander? 2. Would I need respirator or breathing protection...
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    I have a wood countertop that I'm refinishing. It currently has a dark brown stain and a heavy finish. I'm going to remove that and want to achieve a more natural feel. So what is best to finish a butcher block countertop? I don't like a heavy shine. I see oil and wax options out there, which...
  7. Wood Finishing
    Hi all, I am brand new here. I'm making some salad spoons for a friend and I'm finishing them with Watco Butcher Block oil and finish. The instructions say to sand between coats with #400 grit, but they don't say whether to sand after applying the last coat. I'd like to sand after the last...
  8. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi everyone. I'm in need of some help. I have inherited an old butcher block from the mid-1800s that was in use in our family store generations ago. (photo attached) Until about ten years ago, it was in use on our family farm. It's a single piece of wood (tree cross section), and the top...
  9. Design & Plans
    Hello all, This is my first post so bear with me. I am wanting to make a countertop for my kitchen, I have fairly good woodworking skills and access to just about any tool I can think of (read:Good friend owns woodworking shop) Said friend knows nothing about countertops though. I was...
  10. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi all, My son purchased an 1850s French butcher block table and it needs some work. I am an accomplished builder and furniture maker with almost all tools need (including power and hand). However, I have never tackled the dismantling and reconstruction of one of the ole guys. It weighs over...
  11. Wood Finishing
    I have recently inherited a VERY nice butchers block table that had been used as an island in my mother's kitchen. She kept plastic on it despite her oiling it regularly. I would like to repurpose it as a sideboard, but I need it to have a hard finish. Is there a way to prep the surface so the...
  12. Wood Finishing
    New member here... also new to woodworking! So please go easy on me if I ask stupid questions :laughing: Anyways, I got hold of a well-used butcher's block dinner table with benches. I don't have a picture of the table, but here's the benches that shows the condition. I've been reading up and...
  13. General Woodworking Discussion
    When I was quite younger I heard reference, from my EE/ME bio-tech father, to studies exactly like the one linked below with similar findings. I was further told the tested species were specifically unsealed ring porous hardwoods such as Oak due to the common use of oak in butcher blocks...
  14. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello, I am new to this site and have a question about refinishing a butchers block I found in an old garage. It has some decent character which I would like to keep but want to smooth it out a bit and definitely clean it up. I have been reading on other sites about what to use to make it...
  15. General Woodworking Discussion
    New User here,I'm looking to install some Cherry Butcher Block countertops in place of my 20+ year old laminate. We'd like to do an apron sink which will leave quite a bit of exposed wood around the sink. My concerns are mainly waterproofing and such. Strongly leaning toward waterlux finish...
  16. Wood Finishing
    I am going to be installing butcher block counter tops this weekend and I am in desperate need of some advice. They are red oak butcher blocks that have not been finished. They will be going over a dishwasher, next to a stove and have a sink installed in them. I need some advice on how to...
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