Choosing a Kitchen Worktop: Construction Types Explained
All solid wood worktopsWhat does ‘stave’ mean? The word ‘stave’ prevails when discussing different worktop types, so before we start, let us define what a ‘stave’ actually is. A stave is a solid section of timber; as such, solid wood worktops are constructed from a number of staves. Variations in stave size and length change the appearance of the work surface.
Worktops with 40mm wide stavesStandard Available in all of our timbers, this product consists of 40mm wide staves that vary in length. During construction, the staves are finger jointed together using high-pressure gluing techniques. The timber contains many natural features as well as a prominent grain pattern.
Standard oak worktop (40mm staves) from abovePrime As with our standard range, prime worktops are constructed from 40mm wide staves that are finger jointed together. The main difference between the two types is that our prime range is composed from staves that have been specifically chosen for their colour consistency and as such have an even finish with fewer natural imperfections. There is no difference in quality but prime worktops are often thought to have a more contemporary look, whereas standard worktops promote a rustic, quaint aesthetic. We suggest investing in our prime beech or prime oak worktops if you have a modern kitchen design in mind; however, these would not look out of place in a traditional design – versatility is one of the most wonderful qualities of a solid timber worktop.
Prime oak worktop (40mm staves) from above
Worktops with 90mm wide stavesDeluxe Exclusive to Worktop Express®, this product is made from 90mm wide staves of varying lengths that, like our standard range of worktops, are finger jointed together. The combination of full stave width and standard length creates a chunky, pleasingly substantial finish, allowing the timber’s natural beauty to flourish.
Deluxe oak worktop (90mm staves) from aboveDeluxe Prime We have recently introduced a ‘Prime’ variant of our Deluxe Oak worktop. Deluxe Prime Oak worktops possess wide 90mm staves (as with standard Deluxe worktops), but these solid timber sections are chosen for the best consistency and uniformity of colour. We hope to add further items to the ‘Deluxe Prime’ range as and when these are available.
Deluxe Prime oak worktop (90mm staves) from aboveFull stave As suggested, this construction utilises staves that run the entire length of the worktop. The width of each stave is considerably larger, averaging around 90mm each. This size of stave requires a different bonding technique to ensure stability – as such, the staves are edge glued together.
Full stave oak worktop (90mm staves) from aboveFull stave prime A superb combination of prime timbers and a full stave formulation, this opulent worktop option is only available in oak. The timber in the 90mm wide, full length staves contains little variation, leaving a uniform, unblemished, and uniquely beautiful finish.
Full stave prime oak worktop (90mm staves) from aboveAnd finally… No matter which variation you opt for, you can be guaranteed that all Worktop Express® work surfaces use only the finest grade A timber and come supplied sanded and square-edged (allowing you to finish as desired). We also offer next day delivery to most locations in England for orders that are placed before 10:00am. If you’d like to check out our worktop types for yourself, please do take advantage of our full sample service. Each sample is a great representation of the finished article and costs just £5.00 including delivery and VAT. Please note the design of the finger join can change between species and batches.
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Please note: This guide was originally posted on 27 th November 2013 and has been updated to include additional information. The most recent update was on 10 th May 2017.