Wood Worktops have been a consistent presence in the kitchen worktop consumer market, often favoured for the graining which makes each piece unique. Consistent patterns and direction in the wood is ideal as a design choice to create a natural flow throughout your kitchen, while the earthy tones found in hardwoods can establish a warm sense of homeliness, injecting life into any kitchen design.
Apollo Wood Styles
Please note, the images above are to illustrate the colours of each style only and are not a true reflection of stave or graining size or frequency.
Wood work surfaces have never been more popular as a kitchen worktop choice. The 10 species and their differences in grain and colour offer a great choice for kitchen work surfaces and can be very effective in modern, traditional, contemporary or urban industrial designs. With the correct maintenance, wood and timber work surfaces will provide natural beauty in your kitchen for many years.
Features of Wooden Worktops
- Wood worktops requires very little maintenance
- Wooden worktops available in 10 species
- Finished to a silky smooth 500 grit
- Age enhances the look of beautiful hardwood worksurfaces
- Naturally beautiful worktops
- Other species are available by special order
- Sheridan only uses timber sourced from the most reputable suppliers
Apollo Wood is a natural material and as such will include graining and characteristics which may not be shown in full in the adjacent swatches.
Our hardwood worktops can be produced in a range of styles to fit the look and feel of your kitchen.
Because of the consistent tensile strength of wood, it makes an excellent medium for tailored return ends to suit the design and style elements of your kitchen. These images detail the terminology for our common return end options.
The end panel will be constructed by means of a mitred shoulder joint configuration (pictured) to produce a flush fitting appearance. The height of this end panel will be manufactured to give an excess of 10mm, allowing the joint to be scribed on-site.
Upstands are available as standard in 40mm high by 3m long segments.
It is crucial that upstands are fitted to the wall and not to the worksurface to allow for expansion. As standard, upstands should be installed with a 3mm gap from the worksurface. The only connection of these two segments should be in the form of a silicone sealant, allowing for natural movement and expansion of the material.
We can engineer your new hardwood worktop from our manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire before distributing the finished product to specification nationwide.
Cut-outs should be a minimum of 50mm from the worktop front edge, to avoid splitting.
There should be a minimum of 120mm between hob cutouts
Please allow a minimum of 100mm between sink cutouts.
We supply hardwood worktops as both finished and cut to specification, or unprocessed for complete installation on site or redistribution.
40mm Thick Hardwood Worktop Blanks
27mm and 60mm Thick Hardwood Worktop Blanks
We supply stainless sinks which can be delivered and installed with our worktops ready for plumbing.
Jointing between two sections of wooden worktops will be done in either a butt or scribed corner joint.
A butt joint connects two flat edges, which creates a clean and economical join.
Scribed corner joints are used when an edge detail involves a recess into the worktop. Extending the joint into a 45 degree angle allows both segments to continue their detailed edging until the two sections meet.
In kitchens where temperatures can be either very cold (unoccupied site ) or very humid then the level of maintenance required is greater, especially in the immediate days / weeks after installation. In these cases extra coats of worksurface sealant will be necessary to prevent drying out and warping.
A Care Kit will be sent out with every worktop order, the cost will be shown on all our quotations and invoices.
Our detailed care and maintenance brochure can be downloaded by clicking here care_maintenance (465Kb).
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Wood worksurfaces are crafted from solid hardwood timber staves and finger jointed in length. The wood is then butt jointed and glued together along its width and finely oiled to create a beautifully water repellent surface. Wood worksurface products have a treasured history in commercial and residential environments, whether contemporary or classic in style.
Timber worktops should be stored at room temperature away from all sources of heat and moisture prior to installation. An external room without heating, ie. A garage is not suitable and could cause warping/swelling. Please either store flat or on their longest edge as instructed on the packaging. Never prop up a worktop vertically against a wall. Ideally stored horizontally on a sound and level surface, with timber battens placed between each blank at 600mm centres maximum.
When installed in a room with an Aga, acclimatisation is needed for a few days before being fitted.
DO NOT leave in an unheated room.
Tolerance in wood is ±2mm
Wood worksurfaces can be butt or mitre jointed dependent upon the edge detail. Mitre joints require additional support on site and require an additional length of worksurface to install.
Wood worksurface products should ideally be kept at room temperature. In kitchens where temperatures can be either very cold (unoccupied site) or very humid, then the level of maintenance required is greater, especially in the immediate days / weeks after installation. In these cases extra coats of worksurface sealant will be necessary to prevent drying out and warping.
If an under oven, dishwasher, washingmachine or tumble dryer is to be installedunder the worksurface, a piece of aluminium foil should be adhered to the underside, with the foil face outwards. This will protect it from any intense heat or moisture. Allow a 3-4mm gap between the back edge of the worktop and the wall to allow expansion and contraction.
We don’t recommend timber wall cladding due to warping.
Overhangs and Support
Any overhang extending more than 300mm must be supported.
Hob & Sink Cut-outs
- Sink cut-outs should be a minimum of 50mm from the worktop front edge. Aluminium foil should be applied to the edges of hob cut-outs.
- There should be a minimum 200mm between hob cut-outs.
- Hob cut-outs should be a minimum of 50mm from the worktop front edge.
- Hob flange needs to sit on the aluminium foil around the cut-out, to avoid conducting too much heat into the wood and causing cracking.
- When a worktop is to be fitted near to an Aga, Rayburn or similar allow a minimum gap of 4mm. Ideally a solid wood return should be fixed across the end grain to stop any splits occurring.
It is important that upstands are fixed to the wall and not to the worksurface. There should be a 3mm gap between the worksurface and upstand, the only connection between upstand and worksurface should be silicone sealant, allowing natural movement of your worksurface.
Wood worksurface products may be more prone to scratching than some other surfaces. The use of chopping boards and / or pastry mates is recommended in order to protect the surface finish.
It is important to remember not to leave wine glasses, dishes containing curry, wet copper – bottomed pans or similar items on wood worksurface products.
Although the first few marks and scratches will stand out dramatically, hardwood has many unique qualities and with a little care and attention the passage of time can enhance its beauty. In the unfortunate event of sustaining damage, a wood worksurface maybe rubbed down and refinished, leaving it as good as new.
Stainless Steel Sinks
Please specify preferred method of undermounting Stainless Steel sinks. There should be a minimum 200mm between sink cut-outs. Drainer grooves can only be cut in the middle of staves, due to the nature of the construction of your worksurface.
If a waste disposal unit is fitted to an undermounted sink after installation, additional support will be required, otherwise your warranty may be invalidated.
Points of Note
Plastering or tiling should be completed after installation.
When fixing to the cabinets, only use slotted angle brackets to secure the worktop to the carcass. Always use washers with screws.
If a carcass has a solid top, or you can only secure through the top rail always drill an oversized hole (8 – 10mm) through the top of carcass and secure to the worksurface using a larger washer and screw. This allows the worksurface to slide over the washer in case of natural expansion or shrinkage.
Stave widths 40mm (±5) as standard. If unavailable 27mm (±1mm) Beech and Teak, 20mm (±1mm) on all other species will be supplied. Staves of an alternative thickness can be supplied but may have a longer lead time.
Random Stave Lengths
- Finger jointed in the length and edge glued in the width Tolerances -1mm/±5mm Length
- Finished to a 220 grit for blanks
- Finished to a 500 grit for bespoke worksurfaces
- Moisture content 10% ±2%
- Sheridan Ultra worksurface sealant is brushed on leaving a clear, water repellent, satin/matt finish.
- Individually shrink wrapped for delivery.
- Available as either a “supply only” product saving over £400 per kitchen, or templated and installed by our experienced installation team.
Available in numerous species, the natural variation of colour and growth patterns makes every timber in a wooden worksurface unique. It is these natural features which gives wood its aesthetic appeal.
Impact on the environment
Sheridan are committed to environmentally and socially responsible forest management.
Sheridan can offer customers the confidence that our product is not contributing to the depletion of the world’s resources by the assurance that the forest of origin has been independently inspected.