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Old 06-30-2019, 11:31 PM   #1
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Default Woodworkers here? Butcher block countertop question

Purchased one of the birch butcher block counter tops at Lowe’s. Applying a light white colored stain. Does anybody know if you can apply butcher block oil over the stain to seal it or does it need to be a polyurethane?? Wife is afraid it will become yellowed over time.
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Old 07-01-2019, 06:30 AM   #2
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We installed mahogany counter tops a few years ago. We used pure tung oil to seal them. To apply the oil, we diluted it with a citrus solvent.
At first the oil had to be reapplied about every six months. Now, we're down to about once a year.

Here's a pic of one of the slabs half oiled.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:10 AM   #3
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I'm installing BB in a work project. After reading a bunch on stains and finishes I've come to the understanding that oils don't really seal. They always have to be reapplied. Urethane seals. I'm looking at Arm R Seal for mine, no base stain.
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We just put down teak butcher block in our 80's ranch kitchen redo, absolutely beautiful stuff.

We purchased everything from Lumber Liquidators and used this conditioner:


Then do daily/as needed wipe downs with this:

Don't put polyurethane on it unless it's food grade.

Started by really, really saturating the counter tops with the conditioner. Then, after installation we reapplied the conditioner.

After we moved in and started using everything, we just wipe down with the mineral oil daily/as needed. We've been in the house for about 6 months and everything is looking good.
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Use epoxy if you want it sealed for ever. Oils may or may not pentrate with that stain aplied, I would think it will not penetrate well, but get a small scrap of something amd stain it let dry 12 hrs then apply some oil amd see what happens
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