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#1 posted 07-03-2018 04:14 PM

As Gerald said, it’s an open grain wood, and it’s difficult to get a smooth finish without filling the grain/pores. If you intend to use it as a butcher block and have knives cutting on it and food contacting it go with mineral oil or a block oil preparation. As it’s in a kitchen and it’s an open grain wood, I would not recommend doing this though as sanitation and maintenance will be a SOB over the years and there will always be water around in the kitchen. I’d strongly advise to fill the grain, stain a color you like and then use a tough durable film finish that will hold up over time and protect the counter from spills etc. Find some more suitable dense hardwoods and build a nice sized wooden cutting board that will fit in your sink for good cleaning & sanitation.

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