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cherry butcherblock

Posted by mullitover (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 25, 08 at 10:42

I have a cherry butcherblock counter (new) which I have been putting a tung oil product on however there seems to be something affecting how it is absorbed. 1/2 the top is matte finished and 1/2 is glossy. Does not seem to be technique as there are also 2 diagonal areas that run from side to side and the demarkation is wavy not following the board lines. Do I sand down and start over or is there something else I can do? It wasn't apparent until after the first 2 layers and subsequent coats make it more apparent. Thanks for your help.


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RE: cherry butcherblock

Mineral oil is the only thing you should use on a butcher block. Think of the food you are eating- it gets a little bit of the wood finish on it. "Tung oil" products are usually varnish or oil/varnish blends (not actually tung oil). Pure tung oil is hard to find, and I doubt you are using pure tung oil. Either way, the problem is the "tung oil" finish is drying. You want a non-drying oil for the butcher block. Mineral oil is the best choice. The finish you used has already penetrated the wood and cured. That is why the additional coats look funny. Sanding will not remove it. Maybe someone else has an idea how to take it off so you can start over with mineral oil.


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RE: cherry butcherblock

Actually I did use a pure tung oil (at least it was advertised that way) The whole thing feels dry and has set for 1 week but as I said the finish is variable.


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RE: cherry butcherblock

Could it be that the butcherblock arrived from the manufacturer coasted with another finish which wasn't completely removed before applying the tung oil?


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RE: cherry butcherblock

It came unfinished. I am kinda wondering if it sat in or got splashed with something that is making absorbtion uneven but we saw no discoloration on the box. Another source suggested maybe it was unevenly planed or sanded. When I looked at it it seemed level and even and we couldn't feel any differences in texture. Of course this was just with the naked eye.


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