If you’ve invested in solid wood worktops lately and are looking to install them yourself, we’ve come up with a guide to help your job become a little bit easier.
If you’ve got your worktops but you’re not quite ready to install them yet, then it’s vital that you take care when storing them. When choosing a storage location, ensure that they are placed indoors in a room with stable humidity and temperature and the wood pieces are stored flat and separated from the floor and other worktop pieces with battens to enable complete air circulation around them.
We highly recommend that you do not store the worktops upright, such as leaning against a wall, as this can cause them to crack and warp.
Leading up to installing your worktops, you need to make sure that you oil all of the edges and faces at least three times using Danish oil, allowing 6 to 8 hours between coats.. Typically 30 minutes after application you should wipe away any excess oil.
When cutting your worktops to fit in with such things as your hob or sink, use templates supplied with them as guide to how much you should be cutting out of your worktops. You also need to ensure that you allow for expansion and contraction of wood. Usually, the guideline is 5mm for big items, such as sinks and hobs, and 3mm for smaller items, such as taps and pipes.
To attach your worktops to kitchen cabinets, we suggest using slotted right angle brackets along with round headed screws to fix the brackets.
If your cabinets have a solid top or you can only secure them through a cross rail, you will not be able to use slotted angle brackets. In this case, you must drill an oversized hole (8-10mm) through the top of the cabinet and secure your worktop using a larger washer and screw.
If you are joining more than one worktop, you will need to use butt joints to fit the worktops together at right angles using connector bolts, which can be found on the underside of the worktop.
Ensure that any end grain is sealed before assembling the joints together. Apply a small dot of low modulus silicone sealer along one side of the joint. Align the two sides before clamping with worktop bolts, ensuring any excess sealant is cleaned off.
Now that your worktops are installed, all you need to do is lightly oil the worktop a few times a week over a period of a few weeks. To keep your solid wood worktop looking great, oil it 3-4 times a year to help it withstand the test of time.