Premium Wide Plank Video Transcript: Wide Plank Wood Countertops.
So we're going to talk about premium wide plank wood countertops and that's what we have here represented in various species.
How we make them is we take slices from a tree and we slice them into 5-8" wide planks.
We separate the sapwood and set that aside.
We take the planks with knots and set those aside. We really take the best of the best part of the tree. About 6% of the tree will give us the wood we need for a countertop like this.
We're going to take those planks, and this one is walnut, and we're going to straight-line the edges, so that when we glue them together there won't be any space between the slices.
We're going to take them and line them up to form a pleasing rendition of grain and color. So when it's all said and done, and it's finished and it's stained, it wants to be a uniform and cohesive wood countertop.
We're going to take a color board with some choices of stains that we can use. And we're able to stain this wood because we intend to put a marine oil finish on top of that, it's going to seal the stain in. It's going to give us a durable tough-as-nails finish. It's going to last for decades.
It's really based on old traditional varnish techniques, updated with modern technology. Great finish. And once we do that, we're going to get a countertop, something like this.
This one here is maple, a beautiful hardwood that grows in the northeast. This one is teak. Tigerwood from South America. This is white oak, and many of you have floors made out of this.
This is a choice cut of white oak. This is wenge from the Ivory Coast of Africa. And this is one zebra wood. One of the design choices along the way for a wood countertop is the edge shape. We have a series of ogees and round-offs, square edges, and so on.
We can even distress the countertop as shown by what we've got here, well we'll give you a close up of this, we've got 4 degrees of distress. Some of these examples are sanded down, some of these are distressed using old keys, some of these are hit using various tools. Generally this is done by fairly skilled people who first create a very perfectly finished countertop and then begin the distressing process to give it a certain visual heritage that simulates years of use. We even have a countertop with um, with hand hewing marks from a hand plane to simulate what a craftsman would have done 200 years ago to get a nice straight flat surface.
We call these examples #1, #2, #3, and #4. These represent differing degrees of distressing and these examples are something we'd normally present to clients as well as color boards and other examples representing the degree of shine in our finish.
This maple example has a very satin finish and we'll get a close up of that, to show you that very low reflective quality. At the same time, this walnut has a much higher degree of reflection.
Depending on the wood, depending on how you're going to use your countertop, there are lots of choices along the way to make an incredible piece of woodworking.