I'm trying to figure out what to use to refinish some large maple butcher block tables we use for working pastry and bread in our restaurant in San Francisco.
They've gotten a bit dirty, so I'll scrape (or sand if necessary) down to clean wood - no problem there.
If you google for what to refinish with, the best answer seems to be a mineral oil & beeswax combination (links below).
But that is just general, albeit good, advice to keep the wood from drying out, and for closing open pores in the wood.
Is that going to be ok for butcher block used for pasty making ?
Or should I just leave it dry (which doesn't sound like a great idea).
The idea with the recipe is that the mineral oil penetrates, and the beeswax seals, leaving a nice hard working surface.
Some people mineral oil first, then the use the recipe.
But I want to make sure I don't create some kind of oily surface and make trouble for the pastry chefs.
What do you all do, if anything ?
Mineral oil & beeswax recipes :
- Food-Safe Finishes - finewoodworking.com (see end of article)
- What's safe to use to finish butcher block? - chowhound post - 2nd paragraph
- (recipes same as . . . ) John Boos Butcher Block Board Cream on Amazon
Edited by kbarb - 6/24/16 at 9:35am