22 Sep '11, 6pm

Is this safe? I want to reuse an old workbench as a kitchen island/ table.

First, in order to answer this question I need to know the type of wood and the work previously done on it . Most types of wood repurpose well for this use but if there were toxins used on it before, they could leech out. I've personally only had that happen when the wood was previously used as a storage vessel. Because this table will come into contact with water, you should know that woods vary greatly in stability when wet . Maple and teak, when the wood is in a thick cut or slab, stand up quite well. Cherry will stain and discolor but otherwise is fairly stable. Teak is very sturdy but as a chopping block, might dull your knives because of the silica content. In general I would prefer to use wood from a fruit or edible nut tree such as maple or olive. I would want to know what it had been used for before so as to determine if there were any toxins hiding under the surf...

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