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Solid Wood Worktops Are Not Really Solid

By Edited Feb 20, 2016 0 0

As you begin to do some window shopping for the worktops for your remodeled kitchen, you are surely hearing a lot about solid wood worktops. Although its material is a wood specie, these tops are not one piece of solid wood cut from a tree. A big chunk of wood that would be needed to form a wooden worktop would never finish the drying process without breaking or cracking. Some people will put anti-freeze on a huge chunk of wood to prevent the formation of any cracks but anti-freeze is poisonous so this is not advisable to use if the worktop is to be placed in a kitchen.

A solid wood worktop is made up of several tiny blocks of wood which are glued to each other to create a large and flat surface. There are three basic styles available. The first type is the vertical grain. In this style, the method involves pieces of wood that are laid on the edge so the faces are glued together. In effect, the edge grain which is attention catching becomes visible. The grains are actually the growth rings formed in the tree and if the rings are closer to each other, it generally means the the tree is older.

The second type is formed when the procedure includes flat pieces of wood laid next to each other where the edges are glued together. This is called the flat grain and the visible parts are the grain structure and knots of the wood piece. Probably, this is the second most famous style for a wood worktop. The last style is the butcher block because this is what it exactly bears a resemblance to. The pieces are shorter than the other two types and then the faces and edges are glued to each other where the end part of the wood is left exposed. This is how the old butcher blocks were built because the knife would not become dull as it was sliced into the end of the wood boards. These pieces can also be created using alternating types of wood in order to achieve a checker board resemblance.

Even if the solid wood worktop is not really a huge piece of solid wood, it is still a great and nice looking option which increases the beauty of your renovated kitchen. If you plan on using a solid wood top for your kitchen then be advised that you will have to seal it every year to keep food juices from seeping in. If you use oak, though, the nature antiseptics in the wood structure will help with this problem.

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