About Solid Beech Worktops
Solid beech worktops are popular as they combine a clean, natural-looking and neutral aesthetic with a practical and easy to maintain surface.
Solid timber worktops are crafted from strips of wood, also known as staves, with an average stave measuring 40mm in width. The wood has been kiln dried in order to reduce the moisture level to a stable level to prevent warping or degradation over time. Staves have then been glued together to produce a wide surface and finished by sanding to a high level (commonly 150 grit) in order to produce a flat, smooth finish.
Some worktops come oil treated, ready for use in the home or for other internal use, some are stained for colour whilst others allow the light natural beech wood to show through. In either case, the natural wood graining pattern is wholly visible and is enhanced by colour differentiation between the constituent staves. There are also durable industrial level worktops that can be used in cafés and bars.
Worktops are made in a variety of widths with thicknesses ranging from 2.8cm up to 4cm at the upper end. They are produced in varying lengths and can also be cut to fit the space.
Solid wood does not require a great deal of maintenance. It can be cleaned with a wet cloth, with a fine sandpaper serving to remove deeper stains. It can be refinished as desired over time with stains and coloured oils. Regular application of wood treatment oil is advisable to keep the worktop in optimal condition as it ages.