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Wooden Worktops

  • What Does Full Stave Worktops Mean?

    The addition of a wooden worktop to your kitchen isn’t just an appealing and affordable option; it’s also highly practical.  Wooden worktops come in a variety of different styles.  At the cheaper end of the market, you’ll find worktops that are made up of relatively short, thin strips, blocks or staves of wood.  Thereafter, as the price increases, you’ll typically find that staves become wider, wide planks or full staves may be used and in some cases even single pieces of wood might be used to create the full worktop. Thin strip or stave worktops are made by bonding together narrow staves or strips of wood and placing them under pressure to create a fix.  Either carried out by hand or by machine, the strips of wood are finger ... READ MORE >

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  • Bamboo Wood Or Iroko Wood Which Is Better?

    If you’re planning a change of worktop, the likelihood is that you’re busy exploring your options right now.  Although oak and walnut are well known contenders for your attention in the wood worktop market, two of the slightly less well known are bamboo and iroko.  As a result, it seems like a good idea to look at the pros and cons of each to help you decide which route might work best for you. The things we believe that are likely to affect your final decision are: looks, price, durability and safety (with regard to food preparation).  This is why we’ve focused on these issues in this post. Bamboo, which technically isn’t even a wood, is a really popular option for worktops these days.  Strictly speaking a grass rather than a w ... READ MORE >

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  • Benefits Of Worktops Cut To Size

    If you’re planning a DIY kitchen project the temptation is to do everything yourself, but ordering a wooden worktop with bespoke features can take an ordinary kitchen truly into the realms of top class.  Even if you’re not planning to change your kitchen units or cupboard doors, you can achieve a whole new look by planning your worktop to a tee.  Whether you choose a light or dark coloured wood will depend on the final look you want to create, but planning little bespoke extras can make a huge difference.  Even having your worktop cut to size will make your job much neater than if you were to cut it at home, but if your budget allows it’s well worth going beyond just that. If you want your worktop cut to size prior to delivery, y ... READ MORE >

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  • Wood and Beyond London Showroom Now Open

    With many years of experience and expertise in the wooden floor, hardwood decking and wooden worktop sector, Wood and Beyond, until recently has concentrated purely on online sales.  But that has now changed.  While we continue to focus a huge part of our effort on our important, widespread and loyal online customer base, we are delighted to announce that we have also just opened our new Wood and Beyond London Showroom.  What this means is that our customers in and around northwest London will be able to come and visit us, to see and touch our products and to draw on our vast expertise to help them achieve their goals. Located at 877 Finchley Road, London, NW11 8RR, the showroom is open 6 days a week from 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Fr ... READ MORE >

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  • Types Of Wood Breakfast Bar Worktop

    There is little doubt that a wood breakfast bar or worktop will add real charm to any style of kitchen.  Irrespective of whether your kitchen is traditional or modern in style, you’re sure to be able to find a wood worktop or breakfast bar to suit.  At Wood and Beyond, we have a broad range of worktops in stock and ready to deliver, including a broad choice of oak options, iroko, bamboo, walnut and zebrano.  Each of these worktops boasts it’s own unique features and characteristics and all come in a choice of lengths, widths and thicknesses so you can create the precise look you’re hoping for in your kitchen. Our premium oak worktops range from light, cool beige colours to rich honey tones and are adaptable to pretty much any sty ... READ MORE >

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  • Solid Wood Worktops Installation Guide

    If you’ve decided to invest in solid wood worktops and intend installing them yourself, here is a DIY guide that should help you: Fixing kit: when you order your worktop, many suppliers will offer a fixing kit, which will include all the basic bolts, strips and spacers you should need.  If your supplier doesn’t offer such a kit, it is worth double-checking with them precisely what you will need for installation.  This is well worth doing in advance, because you don’t want to find yourself in the situation where you’re ready to go and you’re missing something simple that could involve a two hour round trip to find!  Precisely what you will need will vary from project to project, but will more than likely include items such as fi ... READ MORE >

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  • Types of Kitchen Worktops

    If you’re planning a new look for your kitchen, you’re no doubt interested in the types of kitchen worktops available.  No matter whether you’re intending a complete re-design of your kitchen or you’re just sprucing it up by perhaps changing the cupboard doors or the worktop, one of the biggest decisions you’re likely to make is the type of worktop you choose. There are essentially four different types of kitchen worktop in common use today.  These include laminate, granite and wood as well as what we’ve chosen to call “Other worktops”.  The other worktops option includes such things as polished concrete, slate, glass and so on, which can be really appealing, but aren’t so commonly used as the other three.  In order ... READ MORE >

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  • How To Clean Solid Kitchen Wood Worktop

    Cleaning is rarely listed as anyone’s most favourite task, but it’s nonetheless an essential part of our day-to-day lives and nowhere more so than in the kitchen.  When it comes to avoiding problems such as food poisoning and hygiene related issues, a clean worktop is a really important part of the overall picture.  Various things cause food poisoning and similar problems, including poor hand hygiene and lack of respect for how food should be prepared.  But one sure-fire way of helping to avoid it is to make sure your kitchen worktop is as free as possible of dirt and bacteria. Dirty worktops are much more common a problem than you’d imagine.  According to a report in the Mail online recently the “Average kitchen worktop is no c ... READ MORE >

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  • Is Wood Worktop Safe For Food?

    In determining whether wood worktops are safe for food, there are two things which should be considered.  The first is the finish on the wood itself and the second is the cleaning and maintenance regime you put in place. Prior to fitting, in order to make wooden worktops resistant to stains, they need to be treated with a protective oil.  When choosing an oil for your worktops, if you want to prepare food directly on the worktop surface, it is important that you choose a food-safe oil. Food-safe oil is easy enough to track down.  With a bit of research, you will be able to track down official guidelines on the suitability of any product you plan to use in conjunction with food preparation.  It is really important that you carry out ap ... READ MORE >

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  • How To Fix Burns On Wood Worktops

    If you have a solid wood worktop, it’s really important to look after it well and to take every precaution you can to prevent damage.  That said, even with the best will in the world, accidents do happen.  There are any number of reasons why you might find yourself with a burn on your worktop, for example, caused by placing a hot pan or serving dish directly on the surface or from a stray spark from a match you’ve used to light your gas.  Either way the first thing you must do is try to establish how deep the burn goes. In most instances, minor, surface burns are easily dealt with.  The best way to tackle a minor burn is to either sand or scrape the burned surface away using fine sandpaper or a brass bristle brush.  When you’re ... READ MORE >

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