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CA Basics Wood Countertop with Sink

No matter the application, butcher blocks are an excellent option. Consider Waterlox for a bathroom, mineral oil for a kitchen cutting board, or polyurethane for shelves and desks.


If you plan on using a separate cutting board when chopping food, for water-proofing and stain-resistance, choose our water-resistant finish. These permanent finishes seal the wood so no water can get in. This sealing process results in a smooth, satin finish and a rich patina that amplifies the natural characteristics of wood’s color and grain. This highly water resistant, food-safe finish keeps the wood protected for 3-5 years, depending on use. In most cases, an easy reapplication of oil can be done by the homeowner for a fresh finish in less than 24 hours.


Our Mineral Oil finish is supplemented with beeswax and natural oils to prolong its moisturizing properties. This food-prep safe finish maintains wood’s natural resistance to bacteria while preventing the surface from drying out too quickly. This finish is ideal for chopping blocks as it is easily repaired with a little sanding and oil and is very forgiving to scratches and imperfections. Butcher block conditioners must be reapplied every 1-3 months, depending on the environment and level of use.