“What are the ‘staves’ that make up solid oak kitchen cabinets and wooden worktops?” Question of the Week 23.08.15
“What are the ‘staves’ that make up solid oak kitchen cabinets and wooden worktops?”
The latest ‘Question of the Week’ comes from Michael in Abergavenny, who wants to better understand what we mean when we refer to the ‘staves’ that make up our solid oak kitchen cabinets and wooden worktops.
“I’ve been reading into your wooden kitchen components and see you mention the word ‘staves’ regularly on your website, but wanted further clarification as to what this actually means.”
Thank you for sending in your query about staves; it’s a common question and something we are happy to explain.
The word ‘staves’ refers to the individual wooden blocks that are combined to create oak cabinets and worktops. By using this construction method, solid wood kitchen furnishings can be manufactured at a much lower cost than if we used full-sized planks of oak or other hardwoods. The smaller staves also allow more hard-wearing section of a tree’s timber to be chosen, and the variety of staves adds unique character to both cabinets and worktops.
Our cabinets and worktops are both constructed from 40mm wide staves, although the cabinet panels created are 18mm thick, whilst the worktops are available in either 27mm or 40mm depth. Each stave is commonly between 300mm and 600mm in length.
The staves are joined to their neighbour with high-pressure glues, with a finger joint used on each end of the stave to connect it to the next. Finger joints are made by routing a set of teeth and corresponding recesses into the staves, allowing them to lock together like interlocking fingers – hence the name.
Our worktops are also available in Deluxe variants that feature wider 90mm staves, and a full stave option which features a number of 90mm wide staves that run the full length of the worktop without lateral joins.
You can read more about our different variety of worktop in the following guide: ‘Choosing Worktops for Solid Oak Kitchens: Standard, Deluxe or Full Stave’.
If you would like to know more about our oak cabinets, read our Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinet Specification page.
If you require need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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