Best Butcher Block Oil + Poly

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Forum topic by wilschroter posted 08-16-2018 11:24 AM 555 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2018 11:24 AM

I’m using 1.5” butcher block tops as a workbench surface and would like to stain them with a finish that would bring out the brighter colors of the wood (I’m looking more for the maple tones) as well as create a shiny clear coat.

What would be my best options here? It’s a workshop in a detached outdoor garage so I can deal with odors pretty easily.

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#1 posted 08-16-2018 11:55 AM

You can see mine in a reply on this thread

I’ll try pasting the pics here too. Danish oil & minwax paste wax. I used a heat gun to apply the wax then buffed it (power polisher with a cotton pad)

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#2 posted 08-16-2018 12:01 PM

@grantA this is really helpful. Can you let me know exactly which products you used so I can order them?

I’ve got about 60 feet of butcher block to cover – so I’m gonna be here a while

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#3 posted 08-16-2018 12:07 PM

MW poly thinned 1:1 with ms. Look the same as danish oil but harder and dries faster. Apply it like danish oil but after 2 coats you can leave a film if you want some film thickness, unlike danish oil. Wax optional.

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#4 posted 08-16-2018 12:42 PM

Wow mine’s only about 14ft You’ve got your work cut out!
I’m not a fan of poly but if you want protection then what he said ^^ I didn’t want a film that could flake off, the oil is just so easy and it’s no big deal to touch it up down the road. Just wipe down with a solvent to get the wax and re-oil. I just. used watco danish oil, should be on the shelf most anywhere that sells paint.

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#5 posted 08-16-2018 04:46 PM

+1 not a fan of film finish on work surfaces. They chip, dent, and scratch too easy on a top surface in workshop. Staining or coloring the surface will make any deep damage even more noticeable?
I suggest a renewable oil finish.

I use 50/50 blend of Tried and True original wood finish and danish oil on my workbench. Got the recipe from here somewhere. The beeswax helps keep glue from sticking, and does get glossy with some buffing. Do not have to remove the beeswax to renew finish, simply plane/sand it flatten and apply more finish. If you wanted more shine, then add hard carnuba wax as GrantA suggested. I like Mylands Wax polish due shellac adds some protection, but Liberon works well too.

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+1 that is a lot of butcher block surface to finish. Have fun!

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