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The type of finish you choose will depend on how you plan to use your kitchen countertop, island top or butcher block.  All wood top finishes by DeVos Custom Woodworking have ingredients that are safe for food contact.  However, countertops that are used as cutting surfaces are finished differently from countertops that need to be waterproof, scratch-resistant and heat-resistant.

Waterlox® (recommended as a permanent finish not to be used as a cutting surface)

Waterlox® is a tung oil-based permanent finish that will stand up to hard daily use. It is ideal for countertops (especially those around sinks and stoves), island tops, bar tops and tabletops. It’s tough, hard, and food safe. Additionally, this finish is waterproof, heat- and stain-resistant. It gives a rich, hand-rubbed appearance while enhancing the grain and penetrating and sealing the wood fibers beneath the surface. The finish will not chip, peel, crack or wrinkle. Waterlox® finishes are available in satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. (Note: Do not chop on wood tops with this finish; use a cutting board instead.)

All tops that are treated with Waterlox® receive a minimum of four coats on the visible side of the top and three coats on sides that are not visible, though six coats are typical for tops with cut-outs for sinks or cooktops, or for satin-finish tops.

Waterlox® is an excellent finish. We use it on our own kitchen table and on all of our cabinets.  See the Waterlox® website for additional information.

Tung Oil/Citrus Finish (recommended for tops used as cutting surfaces)

We highly recommend the Tung Oil/Citrus finish over the mineral oil finish for tops that will be used as cutting surfaces. Pure tung oil is FDA approved and non-toxic by nature. Citrus solvent, which is 98% orange peel oil and 2% water, is added to tung oil to hasten the drying process and deepen the penetration of the oil into the wood. The oil penetrating into the wood makes the surface resistant to water and chemical damage. Surfaces treated with the Tung Oil/Citrus finish have an overall matte quality while still retaining their natural appearance.

DeVos Custom Woodworking applies four coats of the Tung Oil/Citrus finish to ensure a well-oiled finish. Another advantage of using this finish is that the finish only needs to be renewed about every six months to a year, depending on usage, as opposed to a mineral oil finish that needs monthly attention. (See our Care and Maintenance instructions for more information).

At DeVos Custom Woodworking we do our best to provide safe products as well as information. Tung Oil does come from the nuts of a Tung tree, thus if you have a severe allergic reaction to nuts, we strongly recommend that you test this product before ordering this finish.


1451 W. Hwy 290

Dripping Springs, TX  78620

Phone:  (512) 894-0464  •  Fax:  (512) 894-0209