Your butcher block doesn’t need a special stain to be food safe. Just follow Danny’s and Joe’s advice to finish it properly.

Listener Question:

Danny and Joe welcome callers’ questions each week on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.

Here’s a question from our Nov. 10 broadcast:

Manny from Michigan asks, “Can I stain a butcher block island (approx 4 feet by 8 feet) safely? I currently apply mineral oil to keep it looking new. I don’t chop any food on it. It currently has a light pine look but I want to darken it up. We do eat on it (with plates of course).
“Do I have to sand it down? What do I have to do to keep the wife happy?”

Listen to the embedded audio clip above for the answer!
Read the blog from the Nov. 10 show and listen to the full broadcast here

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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