End Grain Worktops
End grain worktops are not only beautiful but also very hardwearing. They display a depth of pattern and colour within a worktop creating a smooth yet tactile surface. End grain worktops should be at least 60mm thick in order to ensure structural stability.
They make the most amazing chopping boards and their properties are well suited to this use.
When constructing end grain worktops the first task is to choose the timber for the end grain. The planks need to be the same width and height. Once the lengths are selected they need to be glued together along the length. Each length of timber needs to be turned 90 degrees in order to enhance the chessboard effect of the end grain.
Once glued together the worktop needs to be clamped and allowed to dry. Upon drying excess glue will be squeezed out of the joints, this needs to be scrapped away.
Checks need to be made to make sure the board is flat. If one side is uneven then it needs to be run through a belt sander in order to ensure an even surface. Then the timber needs to be cut along the grain (width). A few burns may occur when this happens but a light sanding will quickly make them disappear. This will give you the beautiful end grain blocks.
These blocks can then be arranged to form the worktop. Colour matching and staggering the joints will achieve a brick weave effect. Once the perfect combination is arranged then the blocks need to be glued together, clamped and allowed to dry. Once dried the worktop will then require a further sanding as some of the edges may have split. If the splitting is particularly significant at the edges then a small amount of the worktop may need to be re-cut so it is always best to oversize the board. Then the final checks need to be made. This includes a final sanding to make sure everything is as perfect as should be. Start with a rough sandpaper and then work your way up to a smoother finish.
End grain is very hardwearing but does require a lot of protection. The end grains are very porous so oil will be absorbed quickly and will be sucked deep in to the wood. Tung oil is recommended with end grain as it is much thicker oil.
If all these steps are followed with care and attention at every stage then the end grain worktop will be constructed to perfection, thus creating a stunning worktop which is unique.