Change of mind

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So recently I delivered this kitchen island with cutting board top. I oiled it with this stuff

Well now they rather seal it as they will not be using it as a cutting board, she said it looks too pretty to cut on.

How should I seal it?

Another thing, she said when ever she places anything on it it leaves a mark, is it too oiled?

Tia folks!

Give it a good wash with mineral spirits to take off any excess oil and finish it with anything you want. I think something like danish oil might be good since it should mix in well with the other oil and there may be less adhesion issues. Is the client asking for polyurethane or something in particular?

Losing fingers since 1969

Great looking island.
Here’s an interesting thread about what to finish cutting boards with.

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Brian it will serve as an island now so i need something that will hold up to hot plates, sweaty cups, and normal kitchen stuff.

Any idea why it is getting marks when she puts something on it? I am trying to ge a picture to see what it looks like.

Thanks Jim.

How about bartop epoxy

Timothy, i gave that a thought, but i have never tried it.

Also to add to this i have to be able to do it at her house.

What kind of marks? Maybe it’s just dirt?

Some water based finishes turn milky color if you put something hot on it like a coffee cup. I don’t think mineral oil does that.

I still think your best bet is a good mineral spirit wash, light sand to knock any raised grain down, then oil varnish, which still mix in with the other oil (you’re not getting rid of all of the mineral oil without planing the surface quite a bit, I think) and the varnish will give it a seal coat. Then if you want even more protection, a light coat of wipe on poly. That should stand up pretty good to regular kitchen use. You have to tell them that it’s not stone, and even natural stone can stain if abused. Some common sense goes a long way.

Losing fingers since 1969

My go to finishing expert Charles Neil suggested this in part of the link I posted. "I will stay with my “poly” ( thinned Arm R seal or Water lox )”

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nice looks very good


It is a work top, just like your work bench. In my opinion it is supposed to look like it has been used. But then again my wife does not think so.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

My son in law used floor poly on his Maple countertops. He steel wooled each coat so it didn’t look “dipped in plastic”. The area around the sink was still nice after 5 years when they sold the house and they didn’t have a dishwasher so lots of splashed water.