I decided to try using my counter top as a cutting and prep surface. My butcher block island counter had been stained, so I removed the stain and prepared the surface.
Step 1: Stained Surface
A dark stain remained on the cutting surface.
Step 2: Planer
I started with a planer to remove the top layer of wood. The stain penetrated fairly deeply, so this process allowed me to remove large portions quickly.
Step 3: Complete Planing
The surface was a little rough after planing and in the places with many knots a few gouges remained.
Step 4: Belt Sander
A belt sander with 80 grit paper smoothed the surface. Because there was a snow storm and I have no garage I created a clean room with painters plastic and sealed it off. It was like a sand storm inside, but contained all the dust, keeping the surrounding room spotless.
Step 5: Block Sander
I hand sanded with a block and a few finer grit papers, then wiped the surface clean with a damp cloth.
Step 6: Oil Surface
I experimented with mineral oil and mineral oil with wax. Both seemed to work well.
Step 7: Restored Butcher Block Surface
Surface in restored condition.
Step 8: Maintain the Surface
Scrub the surface with a hot soapy water.
Step 9: Rinse With Hot Water
Step 10: Sanitize With Vinegar
Use vinegar to sanitize the surface and let stand for a while.
Step 11: Citrus Salt Scrub
Make a paste with lemon juice and salt and scrub the wood surface. This helps with odors. Allow to dry overnight.
Step 12: Oil Surface
Remove salt from the surface and wipe clean. Coat with mineral oil.
Step 13: Complete
Time to cook.