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Oak worktop

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by foster25, 22 May 2013.

  1. foster25

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    Hi all

    I am a diy'er

    and fitted my oak worktop in my new kitchen at the weekend,

    however i have not oiled it properly

    it came with one coating pre-applied but i have fitted it without oiling the cutout areas and have not oiled the underside, it would be a huge job to remove the worktop as its all joint together in a U shape

    so if i can access most of the underside but am un-able to access the sink cutout and a few other areas for oiling, is this a major?

    thankyou for any help you can give
     
  2. ivixor

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    Why would you need to oil the underside?

    The oil is to protect it from water spills, and i don't think you'll have many of those under there. Just oil the top!
     
  3. foster25

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    most giudes i have read say every area of the worktop should be oiled in order to stop it bowing/ splitting
     
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    Never heard of that myself. I only oiled the top of my oak worktops and have had no problems in two years.
     
  5. foster25

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    oh ok cheers thats good to know, as the last thing i want to do is take it all apart now its all fixed and level
     
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    I usually oil all round (mine had 5 coats all round before fitting). However, I would not expect problems with not oiling the underside but would be concerned if any showing end grain was not treated.(i.e. round the sink opening)
     
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    Worth checking out if the underside is oiled to 'balance' it out as far as moisture being drawn in. We do not sell solid wood, but I am sure my fitters have said you have to oil both sides...
     
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