Ten stages of installation

It is important to us that you have the best experience when deciding on your wooden kitchen worktops. So we, Norfolk Oak have come up with some easy tips and tricks to help you along when it comes to installing…

You will need:
–          Rags/ old cloth
–          Oil
–          Warm Storage (if applicable)
–          Sand paper /electric sander
–          Extra helping hand

1. If the worktop needs storing, give our office to call and we shall delay the delivery, or you can ensure it will be stored in a flat, warm and dry atmosphere. Just like Floor planks, you will need to oil them immediately, 24 hours being the limit.

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Wooden Kitchen Worktops: Bespoke wooden sample!

When choosing your wooden kitchen worktop, WKW finds that seeing is more efficient than dreaming. Therefore seven different worktop samples, in different styles can be produced to help you make the decision between the many timbers provided. Each timber possesses a unique grain to the next, for example: maple – this is the palest, porcelain-like timber with a delicate wavy grain. Then comparing it to iroko: a rustic medium tone timber with a deep contrast of grains. So each sample leaves you with different impressions and here at WKW we aim to please.

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Wooden Kitchen Worktops; glorious oak wooden worktop

Timber comes in all different shades, shapes and sizes. wkw provides five different timbers of which are split into light and dark. Doing this helps stress the individuality of each type making it easier for you to confirm your choice.To begin with American white oak worktops are sourced from the Northern Appalachian Mountains. The oak is extremely durable and possesses a beautiful tight grain structure. Oak worktops work immaculately in a traditional setting especially when matched with oak knobs that we can provide. There are three styles which wkw offer with this oak, each unique and inviting.

Wooden Oak Worktop

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How To Repair A Damaged Wooden Worktop

The other day I was drinking a cup of tea at a friend’s house while she cooked us some breakfast. Suddenly she shouted out in anger – She had placed her hot pan onto her wooden worktop and now, somehow, there was a rather large unsightly mark. Panic stricken she looked at me and wondered what on earth she was going to do. Her lack of knowledge left me wondering about others who have this or similar heart stopping moments and feel clueless as to what to do. In a bid to empower us all for any future ‘mishaps’ I thought I would share some remedies to these occurrence’s that, let’s face it, can’t always be helped….

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Information You Need To Order Your Wooden Worktop

imageFirstly, congratulations! You’ve finally made the decision that you will treat yourself to the kitchen that you have desired for what feels like an eternity. It was an arduous conclusion to come to but now, at last, you are able to indulge feelings of excitement and creativity; well, until that moment when you realise that you are now faced with the daunting prospect of more, apparently, difficult decisions. Well, worry not, I am here to help.

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Spring clean your wooden worktop

Cleaning wooden worktopsIt is important to take care with your wooden worktop, especially when cleaning it. If you are looking into cleaning your worktop; there are a few things you will have to take into consideration.

We recommend using a non-abrasive cleaner such as washing up liquid, to begin with; rather than abrasive cleaners such as bleach. Bleach will damage your worktop, as it strips the colour and durability away from the timber, leaving it weak and vulnerable.

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How Much Will My Worktop Change And Move?

Recently I made an observation that over time things can change. There are varying factors, both causal and non-causal, that can play a part in this process. Sometimes there can be a large noticeable effect and other times the alterations are minimal. Positive or negative, most things are subject to these shifts. So what change can you expect to occur to your wooden worktop?

The answer is simple, not a lot. People worry that their worktop will move and/or deteriorate over time but the chances of this happening are minimal. This is because we do everything that we can to prevent this from occurring. Although timber is hygroscopic and will absorb or release moisture according to its environment, we take a great amount of time to dry the timber correctly. Not only do we dry the timber ourselves but we also achieve unusually low moisture contents averaging around 7%. This is comparatively less than standard European timber that is typically dried to around 13%. Once the timber has been glued, machined and delivered, we would expect the moisture of our timber to increase slightly to 8.5-9.0%. During the winter months we would expect the moisture to settle at about 8% moisture, and in the summer around 9.0-9.5% depending on how wet the summer is.

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How easy is it to maintain a wooden worktop and will it last?

Over the weekend most of us were lucky to experience a change in weather; the sun was shining and there was a warmth to it that gave us hope of spring. Not ones for staying inside this was a wonderful opportunity for my partner and I to go for a country drive. Taking it in turns to decide whether we went left or right we ended up not too far from the outskirts of Ely where we decided to take actual direction. Shortly after arriving we had settled down with a drink and some lunch at a pub that overlooks the river. As usual, our eyes were too big for our stomachs and we waddled away in a blissful haze of contentment that only a stretched stomach can offer! As we strolled through the park we both looked at Ely Cathedral and thought that it would be a fantastic day to be part of the tour where you can climb to the very top of the Cathedral and see for miles over the fenland expanse.

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What Are The Different Timber Style Options Available At Wooden Kitchen Worktops?

At Wooden Kitchen Worktops we offer a couple of different Stave styles to suit your personal design taste. However it would seem that one of our most commonly asked questions is the following; what exactly is a Stave?!

That in itself is a very good question and is something that can easily cause confusion but once explained I am hoping that it becomes much clearer. When we ask you what Stave design you would like, we are in fact referring to the widths of the planks of timber that make up the width of your worktop. The smaller the width of the Stave, the more planks of timber needed to make up the width of your worktop. The wider the width of Stave, the fewer planks that make up the width of your worktops.

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