Filling and refinishing an antique kneading table
We are in the process of opening a new location. While hunting for "old stuff" to display and keep with the artisan theme, I found an old (circa 1800 or so) kneading table that I bought for $150. It is about 10 feet long, 3.5 feet wide and made of solid, though quite knotty pine. Problem, the top has ridges, dings, and gouges. I would like it to be brought back to active use in the new bakery, so the dings etc, while adding character, would have to go.
Anyone out there have any experience in refinishing this type of thing? Obviously, it would need to be food-safe, but I don't think mineral oil/beeswax will be enough.
Any ideas or thoughts will be welcomed