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    Your butcher block countertop will arrive unfinished with square edges and corners. You can add creative design options, such as chamfers and radius, by using a router.

    Finishing your butcher block top
    It is important to finish and install your butcher block countertop within one week after receiving to prevent any warping, bowing, or cracking of the top.

    Run your hand over the good side, edges and corners to see if there are any rough spots. Sand with a 220 or 320 grit sandpaper and clean with a tack cloth.

    Food prep, chopping and finishing instructions
    If you are using the top for a food prep chopping surface, you will need to seal the bottom side with a polyurethane finish, and then apply food safe Mineral Oil to top and sides. Allow the oil to absorb into the wood for 1/2 hour, then wipe off excess oil with a paper towel or clean cloth. If the grain raises slightly after the first oiling, sand the surface lightly with 220 or 320 grit sandpaper, and wipe down with a damp cloth. Mineral oil should be applied as needed to reseal the pores and keep the top conditioned (maybe once a month); do not let the top dry out.

    Non-food prep finishing instructions
    You will need to finish all surfaces (top, bottom and sides) of your top with a commercial grade polyurethane or Waterlox finish. Follow manufacturer's instructions on the polyurethane or Waterlox for finishing coats (usually four coats).

    All four corners, and then every 18" to 24" (on larger tops) of the butcher block countertop must be screwed down securely to keep the corners from bowing. This is especially important in climates that experience changes in humidity. You can screw right to your cabinet, or use "L" brackets. Pre-drill the screw holes and use a 1" to 1-1/4" wood screw on 1-1/2" thick tops. DO NOT GLUE YOUR TOP DOWN this will void the warranty of the top.

    An overhang of the butcher block countertop of 8" to 10" would not need any additional support. An overhang exceeding 10" would require additional support, such as decorative "L" brackets, legs or skirt board..

    Cleaning for varnished butcher block tops
    Varnished butcher block countertops can be cleaned with Murphy's Oil Soap or with white vinegar and water (one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water). White vinegar is a good antibacterial cleaing agent.

    Cleaning for mineral oiled butcher block tops.
    When food preparation is completed, promply clean the cutting surface with soap and water. For fruits and vegetables a damp cloth can be used before and after food preparation. For meat, fish, or dairy products a damp cloth with water can be used before food preparation. Allow to dry completely before attempting to reseal with mineral oil.

    Lemon or lime juice with salt will help reduce odors. Sprinkle your cutting surface with salt. Cut a lemon or lime into quarters and use these quarters to rub the salt into the cutting surface. Let sit for 2-3 minutes and then wipe the cutting surface clean with a damp cloth.

    Baking soda may also help remove odors if you've been working with onions, garlic, or other strong scented foods.

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