finish for wood countertops?
Our cabinet maker is making some simple cherry wood countertops for our 2 counters which will be food prep areas - one next to the stove, the other off more to itself w/baking stuff in cabinets. The sink countertop has been tiled. What are the options for finishing the surface? We will not be cutting on the surface, as we will use cutting boards, but we will have food in contact with the wood - making a peanut butter sandwich, setting down fruit, sprinkling flour for rolling sugar cookies, etc. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different finishes? Any advice appreciated.