Canadian Butcher Block Company has two different finishes available. If you choose our Penetrating Block Oil finish, you can cut on your wood countertop daily with few problems. When you notice any scratches in the surface, gently re-sand your wood top and re-apply our Block oil finish. If you choose our Permanent Soy Oil finish, you should avoid cutting directly on the top. We recommend a separate cutting board for regular chopping. We can manufacture a cutting board that will complement your wood countertop.
Yes! The Soy Oil based finish we use is processed from natural ingredients and is food safe. Preparing food on your surface such as rolling out dough or assembling a sandwich is fine. We do not recommend cutting on this finish however as it will mark.
If your top is protected with our Block oil / wax finish, it is completely food safe as well. This finish is designed to be cut on as it requires regular reapplication anyway.
You can, if you add our Set-Down Bar option. This option includes four stainless steel rods that are placed into routed slots in your wood top and raised approximately 1/2" above the surface. Without the Set-Down Bar option, wood tops have heat resistance similar to engineered stone/quartz. Hot temperatures or long exposure to temperatures over 200 degrees F. (93 degrees C.) is not recommended or covered by our warranty.
Wood countertops are less porous than natural stone. The wood itself is protected by a Permanent Soy Oil finish. As with any countertop, you must wash and disinfect it to keep it free of bacteria. End Grain tops finished with our Block Oil/ Wax have the added benefit of wood’s naturally inherent properties to kill bacteria. For further information regarding this, read the summary of a study performed by Dean O. Cliver Ph.D.: https://news.ncsu.edu/2014/09/cutting-boards-food-safety/
Any damage to one of our tops can be easily repaired. Usually you can do it yourself by following some simple directions from our staff. We also have a national network of service providers who can assist you with any repairs.