Question by  ExcatteR (41)

How do you refinish a butcher block?

I need to refinish a butcher block.


Answer by  sacredlrose (169)

You take off the old finish with either a stripper or by hand. Then you gently sand the block until it is even and all of the old finish is gone. Then you can apply a stain to it, which ever color you want. Next put a lacquer on to protect it. Make sure it is food approved.


Answer by  ApprenticeJenn (959)

Wash with soapy water and a plastic scrubby to remove all residue. Rinse and dry. If needed, lightly sand. Seal with food-safe oil used for wooden cutting boards and bowls.


Answer by  withsmluck (793)

You will first need to sand the surface to make it smooth and remove any stains. Start with a coarser grain sand paper and then work with a smaller grit to smooth the surface. After this, apply a food grade mineral oil to coat the board.


Answer by  crabfoot (253)

This is very hard work, because blocks are made with endgrain upwards. I would take it to a local woodworker for bench planing. If the block has a dip in it, you could start the rough work by taking the edges and corners down with a handsaw or rasp.

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