Mineral Oil and Organic Beeswax
Mineral oil and organic beeswax are both safe for food contact and direct chopping. Being a non-hardening oil it requires continuous treatment as the oils are removed over time during use. We recommend the use of coasters and placemats for glasses and plates if you have this finish. This is the easiest finish to repair if your butcher block gets stained, scratched, etc.
It is important to note that this finish requires extra care around sinks. When your countertop is properly saturated with the oil and wax it will repel water - it is when the piece is not properly saturated that water damage becomes a concern.
Pros: Food safe, meant for chopping, easy to sand down and refinish
Cons: Continuous treatment, most susceptible to stains, not ideal for pieces with sink cutouts / continuous exposure to water
Rubio monocoat is a plant-based, sustainable and VOC-free hardening oil that accentuates the natural beauty of wood with a thin, matte, and water resistant coating. It is a great choice if you want the most natural looking finish possible without the upkeep of a traditional oil finish. Monocoat is safe for food contact, but not for direct chopping. It offers protection against stains and spills, while being easy to spot repair if your finish does get damaged over time.
Pros: Plant based, sustainable, VOC-free, maintains the feel and looks like of natural wood, safe for food contact, easy to refinish / apply in house
Cons: Cannot be used as a cutting surface, occasional treatment around sinks, may need to be refinished after a few years of regular use
High-Grade, Antimicrobial Catalyzed Polyurethane
Our polyurethane is our most durable and protective finish and is rated for exterior use- it protects the wood from water damage, mildew and UV light. We use a dull sheen to best preserve the natural look and feel of the wood, but other sheens may be available if you inquire. The addition of ionic silver offers increased hygiene, odor control and stain resistance, and has been proven effective against most harmful microorganisms present in everyday life.
Pros: Best protection from water damage, stains, and UV protection, it is antimicrobial, low maintenance, easy to clean, safe for food contact
Cons: Lose some of the natural wood feel, cannot be used as a cutting surface, refinishing must be done off-site
If you choose to have your piece shipped unfinished we will still do the rest of the shaping and sanding so it is ready to receive finish on site.
It is important to note that wood cannot remain unfinished. This option assumes that you are responsible for applying a finish shortly after receiving your piece.
What does “food safe finish” actually mean?
Food safe for chopping - This means that everything in the finish is FDA approved and edible. Our Mineral oil and Organic Beeswax finish is in this category, 100% food safe and designed to use for direct chopping.
Food safe for contact - This means the finish is safe for food contact such as rolling out dough and general prep work. All of our finish options are food safe for contact. This does not mean the finish is safe for direct chopping. Finishes that are safe for food contact often have hardeners (wood-protecting chemical components) in them that cannot be ingested. When this type of finish is fully cured, it forms a hard wood-protecting layer that does not interact with food.
We have a full care guide for all of our finishes in the "More Info" link in the footer of our website.