After 15 years of use, my 20"x14" cutting board looks tired.
Now that I'm looking to put in fresh kitchen countertops, I'm contemplating using the same kind of wood (do identify the type if you know) for a far larger area, but I know that its upkeep could become a hassle. Normally I'd say that after 20 years I'd be ready for another countertop anyway, and it'd be good if it lasts that much. The trouble is that I would hate it if it already looks tired after 4-5 years.
How do you maintain a wooden kitchen countertop? I have the impression that no amount of cleaning will keep it fresh enough. It may be necessary to shave off (with a planer? with a belt sander?) a thin layer every 3-5 years and oil (with a food safe product) the newly exposed wood. At that rate it would continue looking decent for 25 years, but then, just like a hardwood floor, would have reached the tail end of its lifetime. With this kind of care, would I be asking too much if I use the countertop as a gigantic cutting board?