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Wooden worktops have always been a popular choice when it comes to creating a classic and timeless theme in a kitchen but more modern designs these days are incorporating wooden worktops using hardwoods natural and stunning visual properties to merge new and classic designs together by mixing finishes textures and materials.
We believe it is important to look after our natural resources so all our hardwood worktops are FSC approved meaning that it comes only from forests and sawmills that adopt responsible felling and milling procedures monitored and regulated through the FCS organisation.
What is the Difference between standard and full stave?
Stave construction refers to the blocks of wood or staves finger jointed together to form a wooden worktop, A person cannot have a solid slab of wood as a worktop as this is structurally unsound and would lead to major warping and cracking so smaller blocks or staves are finger jointed together to form a worktop that is stronger more durable and stable.
Standard stave construction:
Worktop staves are 30-40mm wide and 90-130mm in length finger jointed and glued together to form for example a 3000x620x40mm worktop.
Full stave construction:
Worktop staves are 50-90mm wide and run the entire length of the worktop and are glued together to form for example a 4000x720x40mm wooden breakfast bar.
What is the difference between natural and prime?
Natural wooden worktops have a more prominent grain pattern and more natural features than their Prime variant, and in general have more character. Most worktops will have colour variation between each separate stave.
Prime wooden worktops have a more uniform, delicate grain with fewer natural features. Prime worktops have a sophisticated look and as a result are more suited to contemporary / glamorous kitchens.
Why are timbers steamed and what does that do to the timber and what are the benefits?
To improve its properties, a large part of today’s sawn timber comes steamed. The object of steaming is killing possible pests and equalling the moisture content of the boards before the technical drying process sets in, very important for achieving a homogeneous moisture content in the timber.
A common phenomenon of steaming is the change of colour. Depending on the duration of the steaming process, the colour of the wood changes if it has light reddish colour or brownish tint in the timber these are made slightly darker and stronger in appearance. This coloration is the result of an oxidation of the tanning agents (chemical reaction with the oxygen in the air). Another advantage of steaming is that this colour tone remains uniform. Discoloration, known as greying of the core, which may often occur in un-steamed wood is eliminated by the steaming process.
How Are BBK Direct Wooden Worktops Supplied?
All our work surfaces are A Grade sanded to perfection of 150grit and square edged so all that will be required by your fitter will be applying Danish oil and edge detail as well as cut outs and finally installing the top.
Simply view your preferred wooden worktop bellow to get additional info on chosen species, sizes available and pricing.
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