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Posted on Two Part Wood Bleach on Birch Butcher Block

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#1 posted 02-09-2018 06:31 PM

I have used bleach to take stains out of wood and to lighten the color but not to the degree you are looking for and not with the glue joints a butcher block will have. If it is a commercially made butcher block they are usually glued up with a glue catalyzed by heat and pressure (I think it is a resin blue) so it could be more resistant to the bleach than the glue used by most wood workers. If a resin glue is used it would resist almost anything.
Mineral oil would add no color to the wood and most processed walnut oil; not the food grade but that sold in wood working stores would have similar results. I would prefer the walnut oil because it does cure to a dry state in about 72 hours, where as mineral oil virtually never dries out. Both can be reapplied to refresh it. I think you would need to test it on the bleached birch. Unbleached birch does darken slightly with the application of oil….about as much as it would if you applied water or alcohol. One way to test the color change in wood is to wet it with alcohol which leaves no residue and evaporated quickly.

-- Les B, Oregon

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