Edge glued panels, counter tops, kitchen islands, wood countertops, bar tops for kitchen remodeling and design

Edge Glued Panels

Edge glued panels are increasing gaining importance as an alternative to other derived timber products in the interior fixtures and furniture manufacturing sectors, particularly with regards to high-grade products.

Lafor's edge glued panels have firmly established themselves in this area because they fulfil all the necessary visual and technical standards. Carefully graded face strips are a guarantee that panels have an attractive, consistent and even appearance.
The gluing proces means that the raw material that is the timber keeps all of its natural features and, additionally, is rendered more stable and more durable. Furthermore, the edge glued lumber continues to have the natural characteristics of solid wood, but the reaction to swelling and shrinkage, warping and bowing, is minimized by a proper machining and gluing process. In spite of that, severe fluctuations of temperature and humidity can cause the above-mentioned reactions.

Applications: Furniture boards, table and kitchen worktops, work bench boards, stair-treads/steps, stair-strings, handrails and risers, cheek boards, construction boards, shelf bottoms, door-casing- and door-frames, window-sills.

Species:
- Beech natural (not steamed)
- Beech (steamed)
- Beech red heart (rustic)
- European Oak
- European Maple
- Ash tree
- Cherry natural or steamed
- Black locust (acacia) steamed
- European Walnut

Types and dimensions
- Finger jointed panels (from finger jointed hardwood staves, same lamella’s width on a panel)
- Solid-wood panels (made from strips, approx. random width 40-100mm)

Finger jointed panels:
- Thickness: 3/4", 1", 1.5", 2", 3" or customized
- Lengths: up to 16'
- Widths: up to 50"

Solid-wood panels with continuous lamellas:

- Thickness: 3/4", 1", 1.5", 2", 3" or customized
- Lengths: Furniture boards up to 8', stair treads and raisers 36"-72"
- Widths: up to 50"

Grading
A/B grade - Furniture grade
- Side A (face side): clear without red heart(beech wood), free of knots, no discolorations, consistent structure and color, oak without sapwood
- Side B (bottom side): without red heart, free of knots, natural discolorations, oak with sap wood.
B/B grade
- Side A: small strips of red heart allowed (beech wood), free of knots, natural discolorations, sap wood strips allowed for oak
- Side B (bottom side): red heart allowed, small pin knots, natural discolorations, sapwood allowed for oak, putting allowed.
B/C grade
- Side A: small strips of red heart allowed (beech wood), free of knots, natural discolorations, sapwood allowed for oak
- Side B (bottom side): red heart allowed, small knots, natural discolorations, sapwood allowed for oak, putting allowed.
C/C grade (red heart panels)
- Side A: beech naturally colored, sound red heart decoratively wanted, discolorations allowed, knots and mineral strikes.
- Side B (bottom side): beech naturally colored, sound red heart decoratively wanted, discolorations allowed, knots and mineral strikes, putting allowed.

Glue
Only high quality and branded glue class D3 - according to EN 204 is used to glue up our panels. Examples of application are indoor areas with regular, short-term impact of draining off water or condensed water and/or impact of high humidity (kitchen tops, butcher blocks). For outdoors applications, sheltered from atmospheric conditions we use D4 class or polyurethane glue. Also for outdoor applications (stair treads, decking) we provide a special molding profile in order to enhance the gluing strength. Please inquire for details.

Moisture
By the time the panels are ready for delivery, the moisture is 10 +/- 2%. This is the equilibrium moisture content of panels used under normal circumstances in environments with temperatures of 20°C and 55% humidity.

Storage
Transportation or storage can lead to moisture absorption of the panels. It is of utmost importance to take care of constant climatic conditions, during storage and processing. Storage should be done in closed, neither too dry, nor too moist rooms. Panels should be covered and laid on flat surface. Take into consideration, that shrinkage - and swelling is in range of approximately 0,6% per 1% change in moisture. Hence it is recommended to provide acclimatization to the new environment, before starting further processing.

Lead-time
Standard size and grades panels: approx. 2-3 weeks. Special dimensions and species: approx. 4-5 weeks.



End Grain Butcher Blocks

End grain butcher blocks are built from short solid wood elements glued in such a way that only the end grain shows on both the top and bottom sides. As these elements are usually rectangular in shape, the whole board gets a mosaic or chess board pattern. Although such looks are highly visual, the heavy occurrence of end grain chopping blocks in restaurant kitchens, meat shops, and wherever a great deal of cutting and slicing is involved is given by rather pragmatic reasons.

The end grain structure confers a remarkable sturdiness to a thick enough block (and we believe that a 4” thickness is the minimum you should settle for when it comes to end grain blocks), so it will withstand with no problem frequent heavy blows of the meat cleaver or any other similar implement into the butchers meat shops. In addition, end grain butcher blocks are much gentler on the knife's edge because, instead of grinding against the wood fibers, the blade will actually "squeeze" between them, thus wearing out much slower. For the same reason, the top itself wears out at a slower rate than a conventional edge-grain cutting board.

We build our end grain tops from hard maple and European beech wood. Both species have a grain that is tight enough to limit the absorption of fluid, but not so tight that it will affect the stability of the product itself and cause cracks. Both of them are safe in contact with foods and do not impart any taste or odor to the foods they come in contact with. They equally display a nice look and a remarkable wear resistance and are highly recommended for butcher meat shops counters, restaurant chopping blocks carts, chef butcher blocks and why not for a regular kitchen!



Wood Countertops

The edge grain panels are widely employed for countertops, kitchen islands tops, table tops counter tops kitchen backsplashes workbenches worktops and for other kitchen furniture applications. The wood structure is displayed in all its complex coloration and intricate drawings while the longitudinal laminate arrangement provides great elasticity and resistance. The edge grain construction demonstrates superior stability and makes an economical alternative to the end grain chopping blocks.

Available in both - full strip (no butt joints) and finger jointed versions, the edge grain panels sum up more than 80% of our business. Regardless the structure type, we take our time to catch the beauty that wood has to offer to its highest degree. Each strip composing our panels is individually picked and carefully selected, so that their alternating pattern will result in the best visual effect.
As there are no two strips truly identical, so there are no two panels exactly alike. Every wood panel is, indeed, unique, with its own individuality.