Re: Desk Top / Butcher's Block?
A desk won't stand up to the rigors of a counter, nor would I trust that any finish on it to be food safe.
The top of a desk is usually a very thin veneer over a manufactured substrate, usually particle board or some form of MDF board. A thin veneer won't stand up to anything being cut on it or bangs or dings. By contrast, a butcher block top is solid wood, which can take the beating that a counter top typically takes.
Whatever finish came from the factory on that desk is guaranteed not to be food safe, meaning that it will be toxic in some way, and since it isn't food grade, there is no way to ever know what it is/was.
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