butcher block-To oil or not to oil? That is the question.

13 years ago

I just got a Boos 24"x18" butcher block and LOVE it! Finally, I have some room. My question is, should I oil it? My understanding is that oiling helps protect and preserve the board, but inhibits wood's natural anti-bacterial properties, right? Appearance for me is secondary to functionality. So, if oiling is primarily for appearance, I probably wouldn't be inclined to do it. However, if it helps to prevent warping (the thing is over 2 inches thick, so hopefully this won't be an issue...) or some other unforeseen thing, than I would definitely take that into consideration. So, please weigh in on whether or not I should oil this board. If you do oil, what do you use? Thanks.

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