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plinths in kitchens

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by LadyHomeLover, 28 Jun 2014.

  1. LadyHomeLover

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    I have to replace all the nasty chipboard plinths that came with my fitted kitchen, and have a few questions:-

    1. If I choose solid oak, is it true that I need not apply anything to it - i.e. not even varnish? (I was told this today - just checking!)

    2. There is no heating whatever in my kitchen so this may be an opportunity to fit a plinth fan heater. There is no radiator in the kitchen and no way to get CH pipes in there as it's a solid floor and the boiler is upstairs.

    3. I've also heard of lighting within kitchen plinths. Could I have that AND the heater?

    Hoping someone clever will drop by!

    Lady
     
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    I don't see any physical reason you couldn't have both, but subject to the appropriate ventilation and wiring of course.
     
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    ALL timber needs protection I used oil on my timber plinths, yes you can have lighting in plinth I have led's and plinth heaters can either run off the central heating or there are electric fans version .
    Does not matter where the boiler is sited if you have a radiator near the kitchen then pipes could be run under the units no need to bury them depends on layout of home.
     
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    Timber does not need protection in a kitchen environment.

    If you like it to get dirty and stained.
     
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  5. LadyHomeLover

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    Thanks to all three for the replies.

    I am now put off from using the carpenter who said there is no need to treat the oak!

    Lady
     
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    Maybe he meant 'treat' as in wood preserver. But some sort of oil or quality varnish wouldn't go amiss.
     
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    Nope, I suggested yacht varnish, because of the floor getting wet a lot, and he said, no need, leave it bare.
     
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    Yacht varnish is for yachts and will look rubbish.
    What are the cupboard doors and worktops made from?
     
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    It's a shaker style kitchen, cream/white doors and oak handles, oak coloured chipboard B&Q worktop.
     
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    Solid oak plinth would be OTT in my opinion, I use pine board stained to a medium oak on an oak top kitchen.
     
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