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Beautiful wooden surfaces designed and handcrafted in Sussex


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Our bespoke solid wood table tops, matching bench tops, desk tops and breakfast bars are designed and handmade to order in our timber yard/workshop in the beautiful surroundings of the South Downs. Single wide slab  or full stave plank wooden tops are made from the finest English and European timber with their  distinctive grain and unique characteristics. The boards are hand-picked to make them colour and grain compatible or on request the timber can be book matched (planks selected from the same tree).

Table tops directly from the manufacturer handcrafted from timber kiln dried on our premises


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Very wide staves made from wide planks


Our standard stave width is 150mm – 250mm however on request the tops can be made of staves 300mm+, single slabs (tree slice) or just a couple of planks with live joint. We also keep in stock a wide selection of wood slabs 600mm – 1000mm width, however, it is not unusual for us to produce the tables, table tops and islands from planks over 1 metre wide.

Continuous stave up to 5 metre long


With our specialist clamping system we can produce full stave table tops up to 5 metre long and 1.5 metre wide. Any longer tables can also be achieved but will require longer time to produce – boards will have to be kiln dried to order.

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Table or breakfast bar thickness


Our 30mm thickness, 40mm thickness, 50mm thickness, 60mm thickness, 80mm thickness, 90mm thickness  tables and bars are crafted to desired length and width. With our veneering press and clamping system we also have an ability to produce the wooden tops over 100mm thickness.

Wide choice of hardwoods


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Sophisticated simplicity of a raw edge or square edge table or breakfast bar


Our premium quality solid wood table tops can be made with a bespoke choice of 4 unusual finishes on the edges. The choices are: live edge, otherwise known as natural edge, raw edge or waney edge; natural edge with the bark preserved with clear resin or a modern clean line square edge or square edge with the bark preserved with clear resin.

European oak table top

Table top level of finishing


In terms of the finish, our solid wood table tops and breakfast bars can be supplied unfinished or completely finished with oil, clear resin inserts, or a choice of metal infills that can make a humble plank look like a unique piece of wood art.

Character – raw & beautiful with its unique markings, knots and grain. You can expect naturally occurring imperfections, small splits, scatterings of pip and sound open knots. Our character wood is full of beautiful features and distinctive characteristics. On request the worktop can be finished with a blend of high quality, fragrant oils which is ideal for surfaces requiring a hard-wearing and water resistant finish.

Character with clear resin infill – raw & beautiful with its unique markings, knots and grain. You can expect naturally occurring imperfections, small splits, scatterings of pip and sound open knots. Our character wood is full of beautiful features and distinctive characteristics. Naturally occurring imperfections, knots and cracks can be permanently filled in a special procedure with a clear resin so you can enjoy their uniqueness and attractiveness but at the same time the surface is easy to maintain and hygienic at all times. The resin sets as hard as timber and is extremely durable. For special effects, our resins are available in many colours. On request the worktop can be finished with a blend of high quality, fragrant oils which is ideal for surfaces requiring a hard-wearing and water resistant finish. Click here to read more about our resin technique

Character finished with metal inserts – available in aluminium, copper, brass and silver to give the wooden surface truly unique finish never experienced before. The elegance of metal infill transforms the piece of timber into remarkable work of art. On request the worktop can be finished with a blend of high quality, fragrant oils which is ideal for surfaces requiring a hard-wearing and water resistant finish.

Prime wooden tops – uniformly elegant and sophisticated, few if any knots. On request the worktop can be finished with a blend of high quality, fragrant oils which is ideal for surfaces requiring a hard-wearing and water resistant finish.

Aged and distressed wood  – on request the table tops can be sandblasted to achieve texture and depth.

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Each solid wood table top, breakfast bar or island is designed and made to order so please allow at least 5 weeks for manufacturing your bespoke wooden surfaces. Express service is available at an additional cost. The wooden artwork –depending on the finish: resin inserts, metal inserts and bark preservation will require more time to produce.

Quality craftsmanship


Real wood is one of the finest and most precious natural materials. Solid wood bespoke worktops, wooden breakfast bars, wooden islands, matching solid wood tables, benches, hardwood floating shelves and window sills radiate warmth and benefit from distinctive nuances.

Species available


We are a timber specialist in control of the whole process from selecting the logs, through 2 years of air drying followed by vacuum kiln drying. We keep an extensive stock and specialise in English Oak, European Oak, English Walnut, European Walnut but also Sycamore, Wild Pear, Wild Apple, Cherry, London Plane in various lengths and widths therefore our custom made worktops, bespoke tables and matching benches are not limited by size.

Please ask us also for other species, assortments, other thicknesses and dimensions according to your requirements.

European v American


European oak with it’s beautiful grain, colour variation, and unique features is very different to its American, very light and uniform distant cousin. European oak is also denser and harder as it grows slower in a colder climate and harsher weather conditions. It will better withstand dents, marking, and general wear and tear than the American, faster growing oak. If you desire uniqueness and strength closer to home, remember your royal predecessors built ships and conquered the world using local oak! European oak is also suitable for tight cooperage, unlike American oak which is too porous and unsuitable for outside usage due to its lack of durability.

Example pricing for full stave plank table tops live edged or square edged 


Please use the pricing guide below to find your dimensions. As we are manufacturers of kiln dried timber we can meet any of your size requirements.

PLEASE NOTE:

We create personalised surface designs from 1-2-3 slabs upon request. Please keep in mind this service is considerably more expensive. Refer to our prices for full stave worktops if the table tops listed in the guide exceed your budget.

25mm thickness, 600mm wide, full stave plank oak desk tops .  Live edged or square edged. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak tops (made from 2-3 wide planks)

price for character top enhanced with resin infill

price for prime top

1000 x 600 x 25mm £188 £231
1500 x 600 x 25mm £327 £375
2000 x 600 x 25mm £354 £443
2400 x 600 x 25mm £455 £569
3000 x 600 x 25mm £500 £600
4000 x 600 x 25mm £980 £1,224

 

30mm & 40mm thickness, 600mm wide full stave European oak table top, desk top or breakfast bar. Natural edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak desk top (made from 2-3 wide planks)

price for character top enhanced with resin infill

price for prime top

1000 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £188 £231
1500 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £327 £375
2000 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £354 £443
2500 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £455 £569
3000 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £500 £600
3500 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £930 £1,200
4000 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £980 £1,224
5000 x 600 x 30mm & 40mm £1,688 £1,838

 

30mm & 40mm thickness, 730mm wide full stave European oak table top, desk top or breakfast bar. Waney edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak desk top (made from 3 planks)

price for character top enhanced with resin infill

price for prime top

1000 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £203 £248
1500 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £360 £399
2000 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £380 £476
2500 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £486 £600
3000 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £555 £666
3500 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £990 £1,245
4000 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £1,035 £1,290
5000 x 730 x 30mm & 40mm £1,913 £2,063

 

30mm & 40mm thickness, 1000mm wide full European oak table top or an island. Earthy edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak table top (made from 3 planks)

price for character top enhanced with resin infill

price for prime top

1000 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £345 £431
1500 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £561 £701
2000 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £659 £822
2500 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £1,115 £1,338
3000 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £1,350 £1,500
3500 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £2,100 £2,400
4000 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £2,250 £2,550
5000 x 1000 x 30mm & 40mm £4,050 £5,050

 

30mm & 40mm thickness, 1400mm wide full stave European oak table top or kitchen island. Live edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak table top (made from 4-5 planks)

price for character top with resin infill

price for prime top

1000 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £525 £630
1500 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £900 £1,080
2000 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £1,050 £1,260
2500 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £1,500 £1,800
3000 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £2,025 £2,325
3500 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £3,225 £3,525
4000 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £3,375 £3,675
5000 x 1400 x 30mm & 40mm £6,750 £7,050

 

55mm thickness full stave, wide stave oak table & desk tops & chunky breakfast bar or kitchen island. Waney edged or square edged. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak table top (made from wide planks 250mm+)

price per table top

2000 x 620 x 55mm £750
2400 x 900 x 55mm £1,350
3000 x 620 x 55mm £1,350
3000 x 960 x 55mm £1,500
4000 x 960 x 55mm £2,250

 

70mm thickness full stave, wide stave oak table & desk  tops & chunky breakfast bar or kitchen island. Natural edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak table top (made from wide planks 250mm+)

price per table top

2000 x 620 x 70mm £1,656
2400 x 900 x 70mm £2,691
3000 x 620 x 70mm £2,691
3000 x 960 x 70mm £3,281

 

90mm thickness full stave, wide stave oak table & desk tops & chunky breakfast bar or kitchen island. Live edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave oak table top (made from wide planks 250mm+)

price per table top

2000 x 620 x 90mm £1,833
2400 x 900 x 90mm £2,978
3000 x 620 x 90mm £2,978
3000 x 960 x 90mm £2,731

 

~40mm thickness, 600mm wide full stave English walnut table top, breakfast bar or desk top. Live edge or square edged. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave walnut table top price for character top enhanced with resin infill
1000 x 600 x 40mm £470
1500 x 600 x 40mm £820
2000 x 600 x 40mm £885
2400 x 600 x 40mm £1140
2600 x 600 x 40mm £1250
3000 x 600 x 40mm £2500

~40mm thickness, 730mm wide full stave English walnut table top, breakfast bar or desk top. Natural edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave walnut table top price for character top enhanced with resin infill
1000 x 730 x 40mm £510
1500 x 730 x 40mm £900
2000 x 730 x 40mm £950
2400 x 730 x 40mm £1220
2600 x 730 x 40mm £1400
3000 x 730 x 40mm £3000

 

~40mm thickness, 1000mm wide full stave English walnut table top or an island. Live edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave walnut table top price for character top enhanced with resin infill
1000 x 1000 x 40mm £1000
1500 x 1000 x 40mm £1700
2000 x 1000 x 40mm £2000
2400 x 1000 x 40mm £3400
2600 x 1000 x 40mm £3800
3000 x 1000 x 40mm £4000

 

~40mm thickness, 1400mm wide full stave English walnut table top or an island. Waney edge or square edge. Price ex vat

full stave, wide stave walnut table top price for character top enhanced with resin infill
1000 x 1400 x 40mm £1500
1500 x 1400 x 40mm £2300
2000 x 1400 x 40mm £2700
2400 x 1400 x 40mm £4500
2600 x 1400 x 40mm £5000
3000 x 1400 x 40mm £6000

 

Full stave oak upstand price per metre (supplied in 2000-3000mm lengths)

oak upstand height

oak upstand price per metre  (ex vat)

oak upstand 40-60mm £45
oak  upstand 70-80mm £50
oak upstand 90-120mm £60
oak upstand 130-150mm £70
oak upstand 160-180mm £80
oak upstand 190-250mm £100

English walnut upstand price per metre (supplied in 2000-3000mm lengths)

walnut upstand height

oak upstand price per metre  (ex vat)

English walnut upstand 40-60mm £70
English walnut upstand 70-80mm £100
English walnut upstand 90-100mm £120

Please note any length, width, thickness of oak or walnut table, breakfast bar, island or feature desk can be manufactured to order. Please email us with your bespoke requirements info@timberdeal.co.uk

end grain walnut butchers block feature kitchen, beautiful end grain

End grain English walnut butchers block with resin enhanced features

Click here for prices of our  Butchers block, end grain worktops. Any shape, any size can be crafted to order

Information about our Bread & Cheese Boards 

Click here for more information about our wooden worktops – delivery, storage,  installation & maintenance

 

 

 

 


Wood is a natural product and may be subject to some colour variations and small imperfections. When the wood is dried, small cracks may appear on the surface; this is because wood is a living material that expands and contracts according to the surrounding humidity levels. Movement in solid wood cannot be prevented. This is a natural occurrence and can also occur as a result of changes in temperature. These features are perfectly normal and are part of the natural beauty of the timber. Small cracks and movements are a natural part of solid wood and do not constitute any fault with the timber or construction.Please note any length, width & possibly other thicknesses can be manufactured to order. Please email us with your requirements info@timberdeal.co.uk

General information about our wooden islands, wooden tops and breakfast bars

Timberdeal’s wooden tops, worktops, breakfast bars, islands and shelves are premium quality products made to order to the highest standards. Our solid wood surfaces are sourced from renewable and responsibly managed woodlands. Every worktop, bar, breakfast bar or an island is made to measure to your specifications. We supply worksurfaces with different levels of service including one or any combination of the following: timber cut-to-size, timber machined (PAR), finished with cut outs and joints, raw and character finished with resin, finished with brass, finished with aluminium, finished with copper, square edged, finished with a choice of bespoke edging, raw edge (otherwise called live edge, waney edge or natural edge), sandblasted, sanded and oiled ready for installation.

Since all our wooden bars, worktops, islands, shelves are bespoke, orders cannot be cancelled once we have accepted them for production and sent you confirmation of the order.

Our solid wood worktops are manufactured from English and European hardwood planks and slabs. If planks are jointed on the width, they are bonded using moisture resistant B3 or B4 glue, sanded to 120 grit. Our wooden worksurfaces can be either collected or delivered raw, square or raw edged (otherwise called natural edged, waney edged, or live edged) and ready for finishing, unless you have requested our additional services. Our wood is kiln dried to 8-10% moisture content.

Each plank of timber we select for your surface has its own unique markings, colourations and grain patterns, and the effect achieved by these makes each surface a remarkable piece of art. In our manufacturing process we are also able to combine the timber with other exclusive materials such as glass, iron, steel, aluminium, brass and silver to produce a stunning centrepiece of unique interest.  Our character oak and character walnut worktops can be finished with a clear resin which highlights the natural beauty of the timber.

The structural characteristics of the wood make oak one of the most versatile hardwoods, valued by many industries. The strength of European oak is a result of a unique inner structure of vessels and fibres. Medullary rays are a distinct figuring which is usually associated with top end, quarter-sawn timber. These ribbon-like cells allow sap to flow through the oak trunk, making them an essential part of the growing process of the tree. When the trunk is cut, the cells produce beautiful silky silver markings across the sawn area that become particularly prominent when the oak is polished, varnished or oiled.

We are confident that our solid oak, solid walnut islands, worktops and bars will give you many years of excellent service. However, we cannot be liable for any faults in the surfaces that are caused by poor installation, or by using the wrong fittings and materials, or by installation in adverse site conditions.

When you buy a wooden bar, worktop or island from us, you can choose to have it installed by our own specially trained fitters, who are familiar with the characteristics of our products, and have experience installing them. Alternatively, of course, you can have the installation carried out by your own fitter. In this case we strongly recommend seeking advice from a competent trade person who has the appropriate knowledge and skill in fitting wooden surfaces. Please bear in mind that if any problem arises resulting from inappropriate installation and we are called out to site, an extra charge of £180+vat will be made. Please note that incorrect installation invalidates the warranty on our products.

Delivery


You can choose to collect your worksurfaces from Timberdeal’s workshop in Plumpton Green, Lewes or use our signed for delivery service. Delivery dates are given in good faith but are not guaranteed and no liability will be accepted for any loss whatsoever suffered or caused through late delivery or non-delivery. The date of delivery shall not be of the essence.

When your surface is collected/delivered it is essential to ensure you are completely satisfied with the wooden worktops, solid wood bar, wooden shelves, solid wood island by checking for any damage or defects. Please ensure that a competent person is present at the delivery to examine the wood surface and sign for it (over 18 years old). We will assume that the product has been accepted unless any problems are reported on the collection/delivery note.

Bespoke bars, bespoke worktops, bespoke shelves, bespoke breakfast bar, bespoke island which have been delivered and signed for by the customer or their representative will be considered as having been accepted. In the unlikely event that visible product defects become evident at a later date, no liability for the removal of the worktops, shelves, bars, island or the installation of a replacement will be accepted. If you feel you need to return the worksurface, please refer to our terms and conditions.

In the unlikely event there is nobody to receive and sign for the delivery, or lack of suitable helpers, we reserve the right to charge for the re-delivery of the goods at the initial fee.

We would like to emphasize that it is the customer’s responsibility to provide the sufficient number of suitably fit people (over 18 years old) to carry the goods from the van to the designated area. As our deliveries are handled ‘driver only’, our responsibility is to deliver to the kerb only.

The goods are the customer’s responsibility once they leave the van, and it is not part of the contract for the driver to carry the goods, therefore we are unable to accept any liability for any damage or injuries incurred after safely exiting the van. Neither Timberdeal nor the delivery driver have any legal responsibility whatsoever in their attempt to help the customer.

Please ensure in advance that a suitable unloading area is prepared and a space made ready for storage.

Storage


Storage position
Our solid wood worktops, wooden shelves, solid wood floating shelves, solid wood bars, solid wood window sills, solid wood islands, solid wood breakfast bars leave the workshop acclimatised and in a level state. When you have received the wooden surfaces store them horizontally and flat on bearers, so that air can circulate between them. A solid wood surface should never be stored vertically against a wall. Wooden tops which have not been finished (oiled) in our wood workshop should be oiled immediately after the protective wrapping has been removed, and it is advisable to install the solid wood top as soon as possible after it has been delivered.

Temperature and humidity As with all solid wood products, before you install them they should be stored in a dry place, away from all sources of heat and moisture. Please ensure that any plaster in a room in which the wood is stored or installed is completely dry and that the timber is kept away from direct sources of heat.

Because timber is a living material which expands and contracts according to the surrounding humidity levels, if the worksurface is exposed to different moisture levels on the top and underside, it will start ‘bowing’ or warping. Consequently, avoid any significant changes in temperature or humidity during storage and installation.

Preparation


General information

Our wooden islands, wooden worktops, wooden breakfast bars, wooden table top, wooden bars, wooden shelves are designed to be used in standard heated domestic or office interiors. Timber is a natural material and is affected by changes in temperature and humidity, which means, it expands and contracts naturally across the grain. It is essential to follow the correct storage and installation procedure to allow for this movement and to ensure you get the most from your product for generations to come.

A and B sides
Our timber worktops, timber bars, timber shelves, timber breakfast bars, timber floating shelves, timber islands have an A and a B side. The A side should be used as the visible top surface. You may find minor imperfections on the B side but this will not affect the surface’s structural performance and does not mean the worktop, bar, island, shelf should be rejected. Inspect the top carefully before installation to establish which is the A side.

Sanding
Wooden surfaces need to be treated on both sides prior to installation. First of all, give them a final finish sanding (although they come to you sanded, they still need a final going over with a finer paper). Start with a 150 grit paper and sand down the whole surface and exposed edges, then repeat with 180 grit. Always work the sand paper along the grain, otherwise scratches will show.

Treating
Different treatments can be applied to solid wood tops. Since we prefer a natural finish, we use and recommend oil. Whatever finish you choose, please seek professional advice if you want to combine different treatments.

Whatever treatment you choose, it is very important to remember that both sides of the top must be treated! Pay particular attention to end grain edges, ends, and concealed edges, cut-outs, fitting notches and slots.

For oiling use Timber Deal recommended oil (Liberon Finishing Oil) or similar. You should oil at least four times, allowing the oil to dry and giving the solid wood worktop, solid wood table top, solid wood bar, solid wood island, solid wood breakfast bar a light sanding in between coats. Work the oil into the worksurface in the direction of the wood grain for best results.

Drying time is dependent on room temperature and air circulation, so the best results can be achieved in warm, well-aired rooms.

Installation


It is extremely important to make sure that the installation is done correctly. Any mistakes made during the installation may cause problems with the final appearance and functioning of the wooden top and will invalidate the warranty.

Positioning the wooden surface
Timber worksurfaces must be installed with a clear 4-5mm gap between their edges or ends and adjacent wall surfaces. The gaps serve two purposes: firstly, they prevent a moisture bridge forming when the timber meets the wall surface, and secondly, they allow the timber to move naturally as it expands and contracts across its grain in response to changes in humidity in the room.

Spirit level
For the solid wood tops to function perfectly it is essential that all units, supports have been installed correctly with a spirit level so the upper surfaces are completely level.

Fixing
The worktops must be fixed down using slotted angle brackets only. It is important to use the slot that runs at right angles to the direction of the grain. The cross grain slots in the brackets with roundhead screws will accommodate the natural movement of the timber whilst holding the worksurface down. Fix the brackets to the base unit side panels only, as the top rails are not strong enough. Similarly, take care not to over-tighten the screws to allow for the expansion and contraction of the timber, as failure to do so may cause stresses and result in splitting the timber.

For units with top panels, first drill an oversized hole (10-12mm) through the top panel, then fix the slotted angle bracket with larger washer and screw directly under the panel. This will allow the wooden top to slide over the washer in case of any timber expansion and contraction. These top panels must be drilled or cut out over at least 60% of their area to allow the underside of the wooden worktop to breathe, and to ensure the same moisture levels on the top and the bottom of the work surface. Failure to do this will cause the surface to bow.

Where the tops span appliances alone or are unsupported into a corner, cut and fix timber wall rails to support the tops and attach the slotted brackets. Tops that span two appliances side by side must be supported by a mid-panel fixed between them.

Do not fix wooden tops directly into masonry. Fit them over timber spacers 5-10mm thick, which are set on a damp proof membrane. This will prevent the transmission of moisture and provides space for air to circulate under the top.

It is essential that the worksurface is adequately supported and secured through its length and width with slotted brackets. The size of the unsupported overhang depends on a combination of different factors and can only be decided on an individual basis.

Cupped or bowed surfaces
The worktop can cup or bow if the top and bottom surfaces are not in balance with each other due to different levels of moisture. This may occur if the top has been stored incorrectly, the top surface is being kept too wet, the surface has been installed over a heater, a moisture barrier has not been fitted on the underside of the worktop to protect it from the heat and steam produced by built-in appliances, moisture is leaking onto it from a pipe or appliance, or if the slotted brackets and screws have not been fitted or are not functioning.

In this case you will need a different installation procedure (or perhaps a re-installation). Please follow these steps:

It is important to allow time for the worktop to equalise and completely return to its flat shape and settle, otherwise the timber may split. When the moisture levels return to equilibrium the two surfaces will find their natural balance.

Joints
These must be butted in order to accommodate the cross grain movement of the timber. Each joint should be held and aligned with at least three worktop bolts and four biscuits.

Mitre joints require different and very careful installation. Only use them if the skills and conditions on site will guarantee that the joints can be correctly installed.

The end grain on wooden kitchen worktop joints must all be edge-sealed during assembly with low modulus silicone. The positioning and number of the fixings is unique to each project. Only a knowledgeable and experienced fitter can carry out the installation. The important points to watch for include, but are not limited to: the positioning of the supports under the wooden surface (such as cabinets, end panels and legs), the dimensions of the worksurface, stave width, grain direction, the size of the overhang, end cups, and the positioning and type of appliances. Remember to always carry out a final tightening and adjustment of the joints to complete the installation.

End caps
Cut and fit end caps on wooden kitchen worktops which will be situated next to Range Cookers, Agas, boilers and other hot appliances that run continuously, or for long periods of time. End caps are also necessary on tops next to dropped hobs.

Cut-outs and allowance for expansion and contraction Great care must be taken when installing sinks into timber worksurfaces due to the possibility of water penetrating into the joints and timber if incorrect procedures and materials are used.

Cut-outs for lay-on sinks and hobs must have a clearance of 3mm per side, i.e. 6mm overall to allow for cross-grain timber movement.

For accuracy, quality and safety, cut outs for undermounted sinks should be benchcut, using jigs and a router, not a jig saw.

The edges of all concealed cut-outs for lay-on sinks and appliances and tap holes must be smoothed and thoroughly sealed with edge seal. This will prevent damage to the timber from condensation and any leakage.

Flush mounted sinks should not be fitted into wooden worksurfaces.

If you need to bring pipes up through the worktop, you should make a 2-3mm allowance for expansion/contraction around the pipe. The hole for the taps must be at least 3mm larger in diameter than the water pipe. All end grain must be thoroughly sealed with low modulus silicone sealer to prevent moisture damage to the worktop.

Belfast sinks must have an overhang of at least 10mm and the edges must be treated frequently and regularly to prevent the worktop splitting. If you are going to fit a waste disposal unit to an undermounted sink after installation, you will need to provide additional support. Make sure that there is always at least 250mm from the appliance cut-out to the end of the worktop, or between two cut-outs.

Leave min 30mm gaps between the ends of tops and freestanding appliances, cookers etc.

Moisture barrier
If you are going to install a built-under oven, dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer under the worksurface, you should take care to ensure that the protective deflector provided by the appliance manufacturer is fitted correctly to the underside of the worktop to protect it from any intense heat or moisture.

Upstands
It is important that upstands are fixed to the wall and not to the worktop. There should be a 3mm gap between the worktop and the upstand. The only connection between the upstand and the worktop should be low modulus silicone sealant, allowing natural movement of your worktop.

Aftercare instructions for Timberdeal wooden worktops & breakfast bars

Ongoing oiling nourishes the timber and enhances its appearance as well as protecting the wood surfaces from wear and tear. New tops should be treated with oil once per month for the first 3 months, and at least once every three months after that. Heavily used oak worktops and walnut worktops, will need re-oiling more frequently. This simple procedure will maintain the colour and lustre of your timber surface and keep it looking beautiful. Just remember to always apply thin layers using a lint-free cloth and remove any excess oil after 10-15 mins. Timberdeal recommends a blend of high quality, fragrant oils which is ideal for surfaces requiring a hard-wearing and water resistant finish. The protective layer built with the oil is water-, heat-, alcohol- and food acid-resistant. Our customer care kit contains recommended oil, lint-free cotton cloth and aftercare instructions and is available on request.

Your newly oiled oak, walnut, ash or other hardwood surface will have a sheen. Splashes of water will form clear droplets and stand out from the surface. After some use the finish will become worn and water will not form into droplets so easily, but move over the surface. This is the time to re-oil your surface, or if possible even before this condition is fully developed. Obviously some parts of your surface will wear faster than others.

Wooden tops may be more prone to scratching than some other surfaces.

Household appliances which give off heat (coffee makers, toasters, cookers etc.) should never be placed directly onto the wooden surface as the wood may dry out and cracks may appear.

Hot pans, rough-bottomed objects and wet items should not be placed directly onto a wooden work surface – always use granite inserts, hot-rods, trivets, pan stands or heat-resistant mats to protect the worktop from scratch marks. Direct contact from iron, steel or copper vessels can also stain the timber surfaces and should therefore be avoided.

For daily cleaning, use a mild soap and warm (not hot) water on a moistened cloth (do not use concentrated soap/washing up liquid). Never use products which contain ammonia, abrasives, or scouring powder. Never let water or cleaning agents puddle for any period of time on the worktop. Small cracks might occur but they are not damaging to the worktop. Simply treat them with extra oil. All timber surfaces will react to light, and may change their tone over time. To avoid different shades developing on your worktop move any objects you keep on it around from time to time, until the surface is weathered. Hardwood has many unique qualities and with a little care and attention the passage of time can enhance its beauty. In the unfortunate event of your solid wood mantelpiece, shelf or window sill sustaining damage, it can be sanded down and refinished, restoring its original beauty.

Any images and samples we provide should be treated as approximations only. The colour accuracy of the products viewed on our website and in our brochure cannot be guaranteed, due to variances in the image reproduction process. Wood is a natural product and has all manner of colour variations, and we cannot guarantee any replication of colour from piece to piece. The type of construction, stave widths, lengths and thickness may vary from the sample or from piece to piece. There may be occasions where the surface is heavily sanded in order to present the best characteristic of the timber. Please note that Timberdeal allow a +/- 2 mm scope for error per cut.

To maintain optimum appearance and condition of your worktop surface we advise using our recommend oil which can be purchased from us. Instructions for installation, care & maintenance of worktops are dispatched with each order.

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