1. Consider the following before buying a olive wood countertop for your bathroom
Holes and cracks in olive wood
Olive wood is always full of holes and cracks. We fill them with transparent epoxy resin only on the upper face of the countertop. We leave the natural holes on the edges and the lower face.
Bark on the tree trunk
The bark of olive tree is rough.
Shape of the tree trunk
It is not possible to specify the shape of the tree trunk edge in advance. Just let it surprise you, when it is ready. We consider ourselves as artists. In general the more liberty we have in the creation process, the more successful the outcome of our work.
Olive wood is heavy
The density of olive wood is 960 kg/m3. That makes olive wood very apropiate wood for installing in a wet bathroom, but it has to be taken into account that it is very heavy. That means olive wood countertop has to heavy duty metal wall brackets or sount vanity installed below.
You can choose a countertop between 3, 5 & 7 cm thick. 7 cm is very popular, but we recommend 5 cm for more convenient installation and lesser weight.
Dimensions of live edges
It is not possible to saw the wood on the live edges to exact measurement. The measurement provided by you will be considered as maximum dimension of the countertop. Nevertheless the live edge can have inward curvature up to 10 cm. Please calculate accordingly, so that your washbasin will get sufficient base.
Hole for water tap and sink drain pipes
We do not provide bathroom countertops with holes for the sink drain pipe. The reason is every client wants it different and it is impossible to us to match each individual requirement. It is much less risky for you to drill on a spot, when installing. You can position the washbasin in the context of your bath. The right spot is never the center of the countertop. Plumbers use to carry drilling crowns for pipes with them.
7 cm thick countertop
To highlight the natural beauty of olive wood people like to buy in thickness 7 cm. Its great looks come to a price: thick countertop made of high dense olive wood is really heavy. The 7 cm thick countertop not only weighs
17 kg/m2, it also could make problems by the installation. Most water taps are not provided with pipe long enough to be installed on that thick countertop. Standard water tap pipe passes through max. 5 cm thick countertop.
Match countertop and shelf
We recommend you to buy a thinner and smaller (lesser depth) bathroom countertop as well. It will be your shelf beneath the main bathroom countertop. Handy to store towels and cosmetics.
Our bathroom countertops are finished by tung oil by default. Tung oil is a natural nut oil which has been used by ancient Chinese to waterproof boats, which makes it perfect natural finish for bathrooms. Tung oil needs to be renewed once a year or whenever the wood dies out. You can renew the finish with any commercial wood oil finish.