Timber Worktops – Key Terms Explained
Things are pretty simple when it comes to our timber worktops: they’re solid throughout, easy to repair, and look great! However, if you are new to the world of wooden work surfaces, there may be a few terms that you are not familiar with. In this handy information guide, we explain key terminology relating to the composition and customisation of wood worktops:
A butt joint is used to join two wooden worktops together. Three apertures are routed to the underside of the two worktops, and ‘dog bone’ connector bolts are added to complete the join. This is the recommended method for joining wooden surfaces (rather than mitre or 45° joints).
Our ‘Deluxe’ worktops are made using 90mm-wide staves of wood of varying lengths. These solid wood sections are wider than the 40mm-wide staves used to make our standard worktops, and as such showcase the innate characteristics of the wood to a greater extent.
An ellipse end is one of the many customisations offered via our bespoke wood worktop service. This is a rounded end to a worktop that is popularly used for breakfast bars, table tops, and islands.
We strongly recommend adding an end cap on wooden worktops that are adjacent to freestanding ovens and range cookers. An end cap is a section of wood that is added to the end of the work surface, where the grain runs perpendicular to the grain direction of the worktop. This protects the end grain of the worktop and prevents it from drying out over time. On occasion end caps are requested simply as a decorative feature.
We recommend leaving a gap of approximately 5mm between the back of the worktop and the wall. This allows room for the timber to expand with changes in the surrounding climate. Many customers choose to disguise this gap with an upstand.
With the exception of our full stave surfaces, all wooden worktops are created with staves which are connected with finger joints. This joint resembles interlocking, triangular fingers that are cut using an electric router – a construction that is both resilient and attractive.
Full stave wood worktops feature 90mm-wide staves that run the entire length of the work surface, and are available up to four metres in length. This is our most luxurious stave configuration.
Our stainless steel hotrods can be inserted into routed grooves in a timber worktop. These provide a stylish and convenient place to stand hot pans and ovenware, protecting worktops from burn marks.
Plinths are long sections of timber designed for installation between your kitchen cabinets and floor, thus disguising the cabinet legs and gap beneath. Sometimes known as ‘kickboards’, our plinths are available in a wide range of timbers to match our wooden worktops.
Our Prime Oak worktops and Prime Beech worktops are comprised of staves that have been specially selected for their lack of natural imperfections and consistency of colour, creating a sophisticated, uniform look.
A stave is a single section of solid wood, taken from the best quality, most hard-wearing parts of the tree. Each stave is bonded together with finger joints, strong glue and high pressure, creating a seamless work surface.
Our kitchen upstands are made from a section of timber measuring 3m x 80 x 18mm, assembled with the same methods as our worktops. They are fitted to the rear of the worktop, and can be used simply as a decorative feature; as an alternative to tiling right down to the work surface; or to disguise the expansion gap at the back of the worktop.
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