What's the best way to finish Cherry Butcher Block countertops?

bblock2008May 12, 2008

I have replaced my entire counter tops with American Cherry Butcher Block. The product came unfinished and a lot lighter in color then advertized. I wish to stain a bit darker and seal to protect especialy around the sink area.

Can anyone recomend the best way to go about this? It would be nice to save one section for food prep but not toaly necessary since we have plenty left over to make cutting boards out of. I understand that for food prep mineral oil is the best thing to use. but, can I stain under that? On the non-food prep service, can I stain and then apply a gel poly for protection? I need my kitchen back....I thank you in advance for your reply.

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Don't stain until you try the actual finish on a test piece. All finishes darken the wood quite a bit. Sometimes Cherry wood has sections of grain that are much lighter in color than the regular Cherry grain color. If your Cherry wood looks two-tone and you want it an even color, then use a wood stain. But when you say "a bit darker," the finish itself will probably do that. A catalyzed lacquer or conversion varnish provides the most durable, hardest, scratch resistant finish. Get a product designed for bar counters- water, alcohol, and heat proof. It is important to get a reactive finish that can't be redissolved after it dries.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 2:34PM
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