From rough planks to finished Maple worktop

It’s hard to imagine these rough planks can be transformed into a sleek beautiful dresser worktop.  These are European Maple, felled in 2013 near Edinburgh. Some planks from the same tree were used for the finished worktop shown. The clients for this dresser were lucky — we planed the rough boards and discovered the beautiful grain effect known as “rippled figure”. It’s very sought after especially by musical instrument makers, and you can’t really see it until you plane the wood.

Most trees like this would be sold to veneer mills and shaved into 0.9mm thin sheets. They use that veneer to cover less expensive materials to give them a luxurious look. But we’re lucky, we got to work with it in its solid form.  We hope you agree it’s made a beautiful maple worktop for this dresser.

Rough boards of European Maple, destined to be made into kitchen dresser worktops.
Rough boards of European Maple, destined to be made into kitchen dresser worktops.
Solid maple worktop with rippled figure.  Silky smooth and shining.
Solid maple worktop with rippled figure. Silky smooth and shining.