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#1 posted 09-08-2017 10:25 PM

You have to decide if the counter tops will be food contact surfaces subjected to knives, bench scrapers etc. If you’ll use them in the true sense of butcher block then you’ll have to use a food safe finish which will require regular monthly maintenance. If you want the look but do not want to use the counters functionally as butcher blocks then you can use just about anything to seal them.

Personally given the use and the fact that I have kids, I would do my island with a mineral oil bees wax finish so that it could be used for all food prep, and then I would use 3 to 4 coats of oil based satin polyurethane on ALL edges & sides of the other counters that would not be used for food prep.

As for securing the tops, I would use 100% silicone in spaces where there’s low chance of any real torque being applied against them, and would use screws in elongated holes as suggested for the island. Depending on your use and how much you move your work station around the island, you’ll eventually need to resurface the top with either a nice plane or a belt sander, and this is much easier to do outside, so it’s nice to just drop the screws.

I’m in a similar situation, planning to go with quartz/stone for pastry work etc, and I have a large endgrain cutting board I use as my butcher block. Good Luck with your project

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