‘Its a piece of wood isnt’t it??’

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‘Its a piece of wood we can do anything with it’ !!

Can we? There is no doubt that timber is without doubt the most versatile raw material on this earth, but sadly many users really do not understand its properties and what you can and can’t do with it.

There are many questions that need to be asked: Is it being used externally?

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Does it need to be structurally strong? Is it being used for painting? Does it need treatment? Does it need to be easy to work? These are but a few of the questions that need to be considered when you select a species for a project.

So, would you, for example, use Beech for external joinery or fencing – the answer is no, Beech is not a durable species and should not be used outside. Oak in contrast is durable and can be used externally very successfully, however, the sapwood on Oak, indeed all species is not durable and will be susceptible to decay and insect attack. In contrast, sapwood is perfectly acceptable to use inside. I know, I know, I know, some of the cabinet makers and joiners out there will say the contrast in colour is not acceptable!! Well, from a timber merchant’s point of view, sap on Oak is not a defect, so we count it in.

On another tack, would you use American Black Walnut if you wanted a painted finish – No of course you wouldn’t, far too precious a resource and expensive. You would choose a joinery grade softwood or inexpensive hardwood such as American Poplar. Generally softwoods are used for strength and hardwoods for aesthetics – albeit we do have graded structural hardwoods readily available.

We still get many requests for timber not suitable for the end use. There are still some unscrupulous traders that would just sell what they are asked for. This can result in a disaster for the customer. We try to get to know our customers, especially if it is the first time we have met them. We want to understand their requirement, to make sure we supply not only to their requirement but also to suit the end use. Talking to our customers is key – we call it ‘hand holding’.

So – Questions, Questions, Questions – we are here to help.

I guess what I am trying to say is that timber is not just ‘a piece of wood’. Each species has its own character, beauty and abilities for end uses. Our customers do not always understand what species can or can’t do, we do, so – please ask us, we would rather take that extra bit of time to ensure a satisfactory outcome rather than rush and have a complaint.

Don’t forget, for all of your hardwood and joinery softwood requirements…………………

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email: sales@wlwest.co.uk

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Solid Hardwood Worktops – A natural part of your Kitchen

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I guess one of the most attractive parts of a Kitchen is having beautiful worktops. Chosen correctly with your Kitchen units, the worktops can become a feature that is also a tool for daily use. Over the years we have seen many materials used for Worktops, but the material that keeps on coming back and is timeless is solid Hardwood Worktops.

There are many people supplying imported worktops, but we pride ourselves in producing Worktops that are totally hand finished. Bespoke made to fit your kitchen, maintained correctly these will give you a lifetime of service. There are many different suitable species: European Oak, Ash, Sycamore, American Poplar, American Black Walnut, Iroko and many more.

We construct the Worktops of uniform width staves using a special ‘F’ joint which increases the surface area of the joint and together with the PU glue, creates an extreamly strong joint.

What you should consider as part of your Worktop decision making process, is the maintenance required to ensure that the Worktops give you good performance for years to come. This includes quite a strict initial oiling program to ensure that the timber gets a good base for repelling moisture, after all, this is going into your kitchen, it will get wet. We want you to get the best out of the products, so be patient, it will be worth it in the long run. You should also consider any edges that may be adjacent to a heat source, an Aga perhaps. These ends need an end cleat (a piece of timber perpendicular to the direction of the staves). Finally, we can supply the worktops, but unfortunately, we are unable to offer a fitting service, it is important that you use someone that really knows Harwood Worktops, we have seen many tops poorly installed. Poorly installed worktops will, inevitably create problems in the future. We can help you out with suggesting good craftsmen for this service.

Clearly, worktops and bar tops are similar, and we can offer Bar Tops as well, indeed many a fine pint has been supped from our Bar tops.

Now, you may only require a small worktop for another project or perhaps just one to contrast with a different surface, well have a look at the Worktop Offers Page of our website – IF YOU CLICK HERE WE WILL TAKE YOU THERE .

On the main Worktops page of our website you will find more details and guidance for the perfect result – CLICK HERE FOR THE WORKTOPS PAGE.

Call our Sales team on 01798 861611 or email:sales@wlwest.co.uk