We're going to replace the existing black laminate worktop in the kitchen - nothing wrong with it - just makes the place look very dark & gloomy !
Because of the way the kitchen is arranged, the work-top will be 'L-shaped' - with a sink fitted close to the corner of the L.
Saw a kitchen fitting chap today who recommended a rubberwood worktop, in preference to a chipboard post-formed one.
One of the reasons was that, as the rubberwood is supplied with square edges, it'll be easier to get a decent waterproof joint in the worktop near the sink - and I can then route the sharp front corner off to finish the job. With a conventional post-formed top I'd be looking at hiring a big router / jig etc to make an invisible joint....
Kitchen man did say that the rubberwood can be finished with oil or poly-whatsit varnish - any opinions either way, please ?
When varnished it still looks rather light, according to his sample. Presumably we could stain the worktop before oiling / varnishing...? He didn't recommend beech, as he'd found it to be very prone to splitting / warping etc.....
I've fitted new chipboard worktops before - but never one that's made from real tree-wood - anything special to watch out for...? Himself did say that the rubberwood is very hard - and offered to lend me an industrial-grade jigsaw for cutting out the sink & hob locations.
So - any comments / suggestions / experiences for & against ??
Thanks in advance Adrian