Solid wood countertops are generally natural products made of wood from trees approximately 120 years old. Wood is a living material and the more moisture receives, the more the wood kitchen counter will expand. Your wood we used in solid wooden worktops has been previously kiln dried up to a humidity level of 6%, and it is therefore critical that the worktop isn’t exposed to a constantly high level of humidity. Typically the humidity level inside kitchens is approximately 50-70%.
The actual solid wood top must be attached to the cabinet container using only wood fasteners and washers. It’s not at all recommended at all to attach the top on the cabinet box; the top and also the box expand as well as contract at distinct rates, therefore chips might eventually show up, most probably on the cabinets’ surface area.
The proper way of installing an excellent wood top is utilizing metal fixings along the cupboard box.
The material fixings must be uniformly allocated throughout the length of the best, spaced at a 1′ – 1.5′ distance through each other. Across the breadth, the top is usually preset to each metal help with three anchoring screws, one in the middle, a single toward the front border and one toward the rear edge. The facilitates must be perfectly flattened; otherwise tensions can produce in the wood, resulting in warping, cupping, or cracks.
We recommend pre-drilling the mess holes into the solid wood countertop, in order to avoid cracks and splits. For the same reason, it is a good option not to over make tighter the screws. The particular finishing will substantially diminish the degree of such movements, and can not eliminate them totally. Due to the panel’s laminated structure, the particular lengthwise movements are insignificant, so the installer should pay attention to the movements happening across the panel’s width. In order to prevent the development of inner concerns, the holes from the metal fixings should be piercing in the direction of the moves.
When exposed to regular humidity levels — i.e. 50-60% * the worktop’s width will certainly expand by 1/12″-1/24″, but when exposed to a level of 80-90%, this kind of measurement may expand by up to 1/2″ or even more for some species. Consequently, when the rear regarding the counter top will be installed against a new wall, the wall membrane might restrict the particular top’s natural movements, resulting in undesired tensions within the wood. To avoid this, you’ll be able to allow a 1/4″-1/2″ mutual between the wall and also the countertop edge and also caulk it with a thin bid of acid-free plastic.
Additionally, you can solidly fix the rear side to the metal supports underneath and thus, allow the natural movements to happen at the expense of the contrary edge.