Wood

Wood countertops are made of wood segments glued together and planned until smooth. How the wood is arranged and the grain is situated determines ther aesthetic and strength of the material. There are three grain types: face grain, edge grain, where the wood planks are placed on edge; and end grain, where the wood is cut into blocks and arranged so that the cut end points in. Wood countertops can vary in thickness from around an inch to 6 inches.

Many species, with myriad color, grains, and prices are available. Some of the most common species include oak, cherry, walnut, maple, teak, wenge, bamboo, African mahogany and zebrawood.

Wood

What We Like About It:

– Wont hurt knives; can cut on the surface
– Damages can be sanded and
refinished
– Wood adds warmth to a room
– Easy to clean
– Glassware friendly

What To Be Aware Of:

– Moisture; wood expands when wet and shrinks as it dries, causing unsightly and unhygienic cracks and fissures
– Prone to burn marks and staining
– Needs to oiled or sealed
– Standing water can darken wood
– Scratches must be oiled or sealed

Care

 – Wash with warm soapy water and clean cloth immediately after use
– Bleach and abrasive may harm the surface
– Avoid letting the wood crack, as that’s where bacteria collects
– High use area can be sanded and refinished
– Periodic sealing or oiling is required to avoid water damage