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
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
So - any comments / suggestions /
experiences for & against ??
Thanks in advance