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Butcher block island top -- Advice needed!!!

16 years ago

We are planning to install a 53x40 inch butcher block top on our island. We will probably go with maple as this counter will get a lot of wear and tear and the hard maple seems to be the sturdiest thing short of lyptus (much more expensive). I have to decide on an oil or Durakryl fisnish. The Durakryl is food safe, but not an oil finish, and harder than oil. The rep says it will protect the top better, but also show scratches more. The island provides a major part of our food prep workspace, and will also likely have numerous coffee cups and wine glasses rested on it ;-) I don't mind some scratches, or patina, (this will be used for cutting!) but don't want something that looks wrecked from the get-go. Does anyone here have experience with bb counters and a strong opinion on this? Also, if anyone has a good picture of their installed hard maple bb top, I would love to see it. Most of the ones I've turned up on FKB are darker woods. THANKS!!!

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