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Butcher Block Restoration

FrancoYYZ | May 6, 200811:36 AM

I recently acquired a 60 year old solid Michigan Maple Butcher block.
It weighs 300+lbs.

I am currently restoring it by sanding off the layers of accumulated dirt and cleaning it up as much as possible without loosing too much of its charm.

I was instructed to use a mineral oil on the top to condition and give the cutting surface a nice shine. I was also told I can use the same oil on the sides and the legs which will act like a lacquer.

I was curious if the mineral oil will do the trick for the sides and legs and if it will be greasy to the touch after... (say if someone rubs up against the block) I found it impossible to find food grade lacquers (which was my original plan for the sides and legs of the block)...

Any suggestions/ tips regarding the restoration would be appreciated...

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