Sizes of solid wood worktops:
Most of the types of wood come in a vast variety of sizes and thickness, usually ranging from 2m to 4m long by 620mm to 720mm wide.
The most common width is 670 mm, because ergonomically it is most comfortable for most people to work on a surface 650mm wide, adding 20mm to scribe uneven walls. The standard depth of cabinets is 600mm plus 30 mm for an overhang and a 20 mm void at the back for pipes. Ducts, wiring, etc.
A variety of thicknesses is available, but the most common for worktops is 30mm and 40mm.
Standard height of worktops:
For most people it is most comfortable to work at a standing position at table or worktop heights of 870mm, 950mm and 1000mm.
Sizes of islands in a kitchen:
There is no prescribed size, but it is advisable to ensure that there is sufficient walking and working space around it. Very large islands are inclined to make a kitchen look cluttered, while in a large kitchen it might have the opposite effect and make the open space at eye level look too vast.
Wood worktops have a natural charm and warmth that have remained fashionable for centuries in both home and commercial environments. It remains one of the most versatile, luxurious and hard-wearing finishes.
Worktops.net crafts our solid wood work surfaces only from the best quality solid timber. Long surfaces or long spans straight from the tree would unfortunately be prone to warp or bend, but high technology intervention solve this problem. Solid hardwood timber staves are finger-jointed (like interlocking fingers on your hands) in length, and then butt-jointed and glued together along its width to obtain large surfaces that have greater strength, suppleness and resilience. This creates strong, solid wooden boards, almost free of natural imperfections, with the natural allure of wood virtually intact. Staves are the individual timber sections, carefully selected and prepared to ensure consistent grain and colouration, that make up the solid worktop. As with all natural products, the colour and grain varies sufficiently to add to its character.
The next step is for these boards to be oiled, finely sanded and sealed to create a naturally beautiful and water repellent surface.
Our black oak wood worktops, undergo a special chemical treatment for aesthetic appeal, turning the timber almost black throughout, giving consistent colouring when the board is cut or sanded.
Joints at the corners or over the length of worktops
Depending on the edge detail, solid wooden worktops are joined by either butt- joints (edges placed together) or mitre-joints (cut to 90 º) Mitre joints require additional support on site.
Wood work surfaces give their best performance at normal room temperature. At extreme temperatures and high or low humidity, they will require additional maintenance and sealing.
Solid wooden worktops over an oven, dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer, require additional protection against heat and moisture, by installing a sheet of aluminium foil to the underside.
Expansion gaps of 3-4mm have to be left between the back edge of the worktop and the wall, to allow for expansion and contraction and upstands should be fixed to the wall, not the work surface. These gaps are normally sealed with a colour coordinated silicone sealant.
Overhangs and long spans
Any overhang extending more than 300mm should be supported.