Another Thread on Butcher Block Finishing

I know the topic may be exhausted but I have a small mint worth of counter tops coming into my store at the end of the week and have a simple question. First I should say that some of the counter tops will just get a mineral oil treatment and will be used as a sort of decorative food prep area. Other counters will be used for eating off of (not literally), for coffee service, and as a checkout counter. These areas will need a hard finish to prevent water and other schmutz damage.
Now the obvious choice I guess is a poly finish. The only thing is that the raw hard maple has very little depth or color and I'm concerned that a poly finish will just lock in that lack of "character." Is there any way of bringing out some depth in the wood before applying the polyurethane?
Thanks, dwhite
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Find out what Edsal puts on work bench tops, then wash it off with mineral spirits, then shoot on your poly. I have an Edsal and a raw homebuit with poly on both. The Edsal has a lot better grain definition and color. I will try to get some pix if you want.
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Hi Dan, Suggest you ask you question here on the Homestead Finishing forum. It will take two minutes to register (it's a moderated forum) and it does not generate any spam. Cheers, JG http://www.homesteadfinishing.com/phpBB2/portal.php
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Thanks Greg and JGS. I'll try both of those things.
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