“How do I know which are the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of my timber countertops?” Question of the Week 28/05/2016
“How do I know which are the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of my timber countertops?”
Our final ‘Question of the Week’ for May comes from Bradley in Banbury. Bradley has recently purchased some timber countertops from us, and would like some help in identifying which side of the wood should face upwards.
“I’ve just received my new walnut worktops, and I want to check that I have the correct sides facing up before my carpenter cuts them to size. I’ve heard it’s important to make sure the worktop is the right way up, so please could you let me know how I tell which side is which?”
Many thanks for your email. You are absolutely right to get in touch regarding the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides, which should be checked before commencing with any cutting – this will ensure that your finished worktop has the best possible appearance.
To identify the ‘A’ side
The ‘A’ side of timber countertops has a consistently smooth finish; you will be able to identify this simply by running your hand over the surface. The ‘A’ side should be free of large knots and must face upwards. You should find the label on the worktop’s packaging on the ‘A’ side.
To identify the ‘B’ side
The ‘B’ side will always feel marginally rougher than the ‘A’ side, giving it a slightly duller finish. The ‘B’ side may also contain a number of natural imperfections. These naturally-occurring features should be minor, and will not affect the structural integrity of your worktop.
For more information on worktop installation, please read our Installing Wooden Worksurfaces Nutshell Guide.
We hope this helps, Bradley! However, if you are in any doubt, please do not hesitate to telephone us on 0345 22 22 644, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
Ben @ Worktop Express
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