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Butcher block countertop - should I seal it?

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We have this butcher block countertop and it is currently not sealed or varnished. I try to keep up with applying Howard brand oil and wax, but it seems to not last very long. Should I seal it, and if so, with what? Danish oil, or some type of polyurethane/varnish, or ? We do food prep on it (not directly on it of course) so that might be a consideration.

We live in the PNW so it is frequently humid during winters and then quite dry during summer, and I worry that this cycling will make the blocks separate or I will otherwise somehow inadvertently ruin this very nice counter. I did not install it, so I do not know what type of wood it is, where it came from etc.


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We used this home depot two part epoxy - it was tricky to do but looks like 50 coats of poly and is super hard. Do both sides so no warping occurs
+1. I did the same for my countertop love the finish. It did give the wood a warm glow which I would have preferred not to have. Next time I will put a coat of urethane and then epoxy to keep the natural wood color. We dont prep on the countertop so was not worried about the chemicals. (Will post a picture when I get to the van).
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