Worktop Express Blog

Dec 29

The festive season is well and truly in full swing, yet our fabrication team haven’t let the festivities slow them down. In the quest to create the most beautiful bespoke solid wooden workbenches around, our skilled team has fabricated no less than 350 pieces so far this month.

Here are this month’s top 3 favourite fabrications.

Oak

Specialist oak worktop with endcap and ogee profile

This specialist worktop may not be particularly big, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in gorgeous features. Our fabricators started by cutting it from a larger piece of oak, then applied a 40mm end cap. Afterwards, an ‘ogee’ endcap was routed around 2 corners of the worktop, and a small irregular cut out was applied to the rear edge. Like all of the worktops that pass through our fabrication department, the worktop was then treated with 2 coats of oil, before being thoroughly dried, inspected and wrapped ready to deliver to the customer.

Is oak the ideal timber for your kitchen, dining room or anywhere else in your house? View our full oak worktops gallery for further inspiration.

Iroko

An elliptical iroko worktop

There’s little that cannot be created by our highly trained fabrication team at the helm of our CNC machine. In this instance, they were asked to create a large elliptical piece of iroko as a perfect dining table top. Manufactured from one 3m worktop, two large eclipse ends were added in order to create the perfect elliptical shape. Afterwards, plenty of coats of oil were applied, and the worktop was left to dry for a perfect finish.

Iroko is consistently one of our most popular worktops, and considering the beautiful colouration and unique grain pattern, it should really come as no surprise. If you like the look of this exotic timber, visit our iroko worktops page for more details.

Iroko

Maple and Walnut End Grain Butchers Block cut into a semicircle.

As if any further proof were needed of our fabrication team’s skills, this iroko worktop has almost every bespoke alteration we can think of. Cut from a 4m iroko worktop, the team started by making no fewer than 6 irregular cuts into the worktop, before creating an additional hob cut-out in the centre portion of the surface. Next, two small radius corners were applied to the front of the worktop to soften off the edges, before a pencil profile was applied around the entire front edge. Last – but not least – a butt joint was added to both ends in order to join it up with two further iroko worktops that will connect either side.

If this incredible piece of bespoke fabrication has whet your appetite for our iroko worktops, then why not visit our iroko worktops gallery for more exquisite examples.

That’s it for this month; if you like what you’ve seen then visit our bespoke cutting service page to find out about the range of brilliant customisations that we offer.

Dec 26

Wonderful Worktop Sale Now On: 10% off All Hardwood Workbenches

Whilst you may think that the main event is over, we’re only just beginning the festivities here at Worktop Express®. Today marks the start of our fantastic new sale, which will see 10% slashed off the prices off our hardwood workbenches between now and 11:59pm on January 31st.

Every single one of our luxurious worktops are included in this fantastic offer, such as our traditional yet incredibly popular varieties of oak, great value options like ash and beech, and more exotic species such as black American walnut, iroko or zebrano.

To take advantage of this great saving, all you need to do is enter the code WORKTOP10 at the online checkout, or mention it to one of our friendly advisers when placing an order via telephone or email.

Still undecided as to which of our timbers would be the ideal centrepiece in your kitchen? If so, we recommend taking advantage of our worktops sample service. We’ll deliver a pre-oiled sample of any of our wooden worktops directly to your door for only £5 including speedy courier delivery.

Already fallen in love with a species we stock? Place your order today to get your worktop as soon as Tuesday the 30th of December!

Dec 22

Merry Christmas Everybody

It’s been a fantastic year here at Worktop Express®. We’ve opened our second delivery depot and showroom in Harlow; introduced new ranges of ash worktops and increased our selection of deluxe wooden worktops; launched our amazing Online Bespoke Worktop Tool; branched out into additional solid wood products including solid oak floating shelves, iPhone holders and iPad stands, and much more besides.

Now that the festive season is nearly upon us, it’s time for our staff to take some much needed rest, and recuperate ready for the busy New Year. As such, we thought we’d just remind you that our sales lines will be closed on the following days over the Christmas and New Year period:

Wednesday 24th of December
Thursday 25th of December
Friday 26th of December
Sunday 28th of December
Thursday 1st of January
Sunday 4th of January

Our sales lines will be opening for the reduced hours of 10am – 2pm on the 29th, 30th and 31st of December, too, so if you’re thinking of placing an order, please bear this in mind. Moreover, showrooms are subject to special hours of operation, so please do check the individual pages for more information if you’d like to visit us. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding our Christmas opening hours.

From everyone here at Worktop Express®, have a wonderful Christmas, and a joyous New Year! We’ll be back up to full speed from Monday the 5th of January – provided the turkey and tipple has been fully digested…

Dec 19

Since December 1st we have been featuring a new Christmas tree every day over on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Whilst posting some astounding trees from cities around the world, we have also been running a fantastic little competition for our followers. We asked them to share photos of their Christmas tree, and if chosen to feature as our ‘Tree of the Day’, solid oak chopping boards were given as prizes.

We have featured 19 Christmas trees in total, 7 of which have been fabulous submissions from followers. Here’s a collage of all our winners case you missed them!

Want to see them in more detail, or get the back story on any of our featured Christmas trees? Simply head over to our Facebook page and scroll through our timeline.

There’s only a few days remaining until Christmas, and whilst we’re out of free chopping boards to hand out for the moment, we’d still love to see more trees if you fancy sharing them with us on social media. Otherwise, our chopping boards come in a variety of timber species to match our kitchen worktops, and make a great gift for friends, family or even yourself this Christmas; prices start at £20.

Dec 15

New Christmas Delivery Date Added!

Since announcing our Christmas delivery dates some time ago, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of requests from customers keen to receive wood worktops in time for the festive period.

So as not to disappoint, we have pulled out all the stops in order to create another pre-Christmas delivery date – Monday the 22nd of December. Delivery slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; so to have a chance of receiving your worktop on this additional delivery day, you will need to have placed your order by 11am on Friday the 19th of December.

Of course, we expect delivery slots on this date to fill up fast, so if you’d like to take advantage of delivery on Christmas week, then we recommending placing your order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you happen to miss our Christmas cut-off, the next available delivery date will be Monday the 5th of January. Ho ho ho – Merry Christmas!

Dec 12

Save up to 10% on Full Stave Prime Oak

Listen up lucky timber lovers! We have another little gift for customers of Worktop Express® just in time for Christmas.

Full stave prime oak is the most luxurious form of this traditional hardwood, featuring 90mm wide staves that run the entire length of the solid wood worktops to create a lavish surface that works beautifully in both classic and contemporary kitchen designs.

Until midnight on Christmas day – December 25th, we’re offering up to 10% off all 2m, 2.5m and 3m variants of our full stave prime oak worktops, making them better value than ever before.

Oak is an incredibly popular timber that has been used for many hundreds – if not thousands – of years, to create anything from architecture, to furniture and plenty of other decorative uses. The timber is renowned for its hard-wearing attributes, and as such the oak tree itself is a symbol of life longevity and resilience.

If you think our full stave prime oak might be the perfect centrepiece for your new kitchen this Christmas, then you’ll need to have placed your order by 11am on Thursday the 18th of December (depending on your delivery area). If you’d like to first see a sample of this beautiful surface, then you can either pay a visit to one of our showrooms or order one of our worktop samples which are only £5 including delivery!

More information about these stunning worktops can be found in our ’All About Full Stave Prime Oak Worktops’ guide.

Please note: this offer does not include 3.5m and 4m worktops.

Dec 08

December is here, and that means Christmas is just around the corner! If you are planning on placing a solid wooden tops order with us and you’d like to receive delivery before Christmas, or if you’re planning a visit to us over the festive period, then do take the time to make note of these all important-dates and times:

Thursday 11th of December

Place your worktop fabrication order by 11am to receive your order in time for Christmas

Friday 19th of December

Place your worktop order by 11am to receive on our next-day delivery service

Monday 22nd of December

Our last pre-Christmas delivery date for all worktop orders

Tuesday 23rd December

Closed from 2pm

Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th December

Closed

Friday 26th of December

Closed

Saturday 27th of December

Sales lines + Gloucester showroom open 10am – 2pm

Sunday 28th of December

Closed as normal on Sundays.

Monday 29th – Wednesday 31st of December

Sales lines + Gloucester showroom open 10am – 2pm.
Deliveries possible on 30th & 31st December.

Thursday 1st of January

Closed

Friday 2nd of January

Showrooms and sales lines re-open as normal from 9am

Saturday 3rd of January

Sales lines and showrooms open as normal

Sunday 4th of January

Closed as normal on Sunday

Monday 5th of January

Our first available delivery date of 2015.

Note: the times above relate to our sales lines and Gloucestershire showroom. Please visit our Harlow Showroom page for more information regarding festive opening hours for this showroom.

If you are planning on placing an order for a fabricated worktop, we must receive your diagram by 11am on Thursday the 11th, with the diagram confirmed by Friday the 12th of December. If the diagram is not confirmed by this date we will not be able to guarantee completion and delivery of your worktop before Christmas.

For all standard worktops, the key date to note in your diary is 11am on Thursday the 18th of December. Orders should be placed by this time at the latest in order to guarantee Christmas delivery. Also do note that some areas are outside our next-day delivery zones, and timeslots will be limited, so please order soon to avoid any disappointment.

If you have any further questions about our Christmas delivery schedule, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via telephone or email. We look forward to helping you create a truly festive kitchen!

Dec 05

Our Top 5...

‘Tis the season to be jolly; and what better way to prepare for the celebrations than by featuring 5 of our favourite wooden Christmas decorations? Whether you’re a customer of our real wood workbenches, or know someone who appreciates the natural beauty of wood, these decorations are just the ticket for a ‘timberrific’ Christmas.

Classic Wooden Christmas Tree Stand

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Classic Wooden Christmas Tree Stand

If you’re set on bestowing your front room with a real Christmas tree rather than one of the increasingly popular fake alternatives, then you’ll definitely want to consider this classic wooden Christmas tree stand from Charlies Direct.

A sturdy wooden base allows you to clamp the tree into position, whilst a tub holds 1.5L of water to help your tree remain alive for as long as possible.

Only £18.60 from Charlies Direct

Personalised Bell Christmas Tree Decoration

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Personalised Bell Christmas Tree Decoration

Add a unique decorative touch to your tree this Christmas with this personalised bell Christmas tree decoration by Urban Twist.

Each one is laser cut from a thin slice of pine, and can be personalised with your own special seasonal greeting or message. Also available in star, reindeer, dove and bauble shapes.

Prices start at £4.50 from Not On The Highstreet

Light Up Wooden House Advent Calendar

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Light Up Wooden House Advent Calendar

Whilst children may be happy with an advent calendar that promises the reward of cheap chocolate, adults wanting to celebrate the 24 days preceding Christmas should look at this Linea light up wooden house advent calendar instead.

The beautiful laser cut piece features reindeers in a wood scene; a light shines from behind to create a stunning effect. The little drawers pull open, leaving plenty of room for you to leave behind your treat or gift of choice.

£44.99 from Mollie and Fred

Scandi Logs Wooden Christmas Tree

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Scandi Logs Wooden Christmas Tree

Looking for a trendy alternative to the Norway Spruce? This 4ft Scandi Logs Christmas tree is the ideal replacement and can be used for many years without the need to clean up messy needles.

Handy loops on the end of each wooden ‘branch’ allow you to attach lights or decorations, and once Christmas is over, the branches can be aligned flat for easy storage.

£99.50 from Rockett St. George

Russian Doll Nativity Scene

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Russian Doll Nativity Scene

What could be more Christmassy than a set of Russian Dolls? We’ll tell you what: a set of Russian dolls that depict the nativity scene! This little collection features Joseph through to the baby Jesus, with the three wise men thrown in for good measure.

An ideal Christmas decoration or child’s toy, this wooden nativity set takes a unique twist on the traditional scene.

£12.00 from John Lewis

Dec 01

Shiver me’ timbers, December is nearly upon us and the warehouse biomass burner is cranked up to 11, keeping our hard-working fabrication team toasty and warm whilst they create some of the finest kitchen worktops we’ve witnessed so far this year. November has seen over 380 bespoke worktops pass through our team’s skilled hands, meaning that we’ve had plenty to choose from for this month’s ‘Fabrication Top Picks’. Without further ado, here are our favourites:

End Grain Butchers Block

Maple and Walnut End Grain Butchers Block cut into a semicircle.

An end grain butcher block is a beautiful and incredibly resilient accessory for any kitchen. This particular bespoke-cut block was made into a semi-circular shape to fit onto the end of a kitchen island, providing a large area that will be perfect for food preparation. After cutting, a pencil edge profile was added to soften the top edge, and as with all of our worktops, multiple layers of oil were applied to seal the hard-wearing finish.

If you like to prepare plenty of fresh meat, or simply want a spacious food preparation area, then consider a butchers block worktop of your own.

Full Stave Zebrano

Full stave zebrano worktop with two ellipse ends.

Zebrano is an unquestionably exotic timber that suits modern homes delightfully well, thanks to the distinctive grain and dark stripes that run throughout. This piece of our full stave zebrano features 90mm wide staves that run the full length of the worktop, which in this case has been fabricated into a perfect circle thanks to two large ellipse end cuts. After cutting, multiple coats of Rustins Danish Oil were applied to give it a long-lasting and hard-wearing finish. This piece will certainly make a fantastic dining table that both we and the fabrication team were really impressed with.

If you think full stave zebrano would make a gorgeous dining table, bespoke kitchen worktops or an office desk for your home, why not take advantage of our fabrication service?

Deluxe Black American Walnut

Deluxe black American walnut worktop with a 40mm end cap and two irregular cut outs.

The 90mm-wide staves featuring in this Deluxe Black American Walnut worktop are wide enough to show off the exceptionally rich colouration and natural grain structure inherent to this timber species. To create this piece, our fabrication team first applied a 40mm end cap, followed by two irregular cuts to ensure that this worktop fits perfectly into the kitchen space for which it was specially designed. Like all our other worktops, multiple coats of Danish oil were applied in order to deliver this worktop with a hard-wearing finish.

Does our Deluxe Black American Walnut do it for you? It’s a lavish timber that would make an ideal centrepiece in any kitchen, and – as the above worktop shows – is a perfect timber for some bespoke adjustments.

No matter whether you’re considering a beautiful edge profile, cut-outs for sinks or hobs, or almost any other adjustment you can think of, our fabrication team can help. Using the latest in CNC and finishing machinery, our team are incredibly skilled in creating all manner of bespoke worktops. If you’d like to see further examples of our fine fabrications, then take a trip over to our Fabrication Gallery and start browsing through hundreds of fine examples.