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What is a routing jig and which do I need?

For a truly bespoke kitchen, you can use our routing jig sets to help achieve the style you’ve always wanted. A routing jig is a template for grooves, hotrod sets, hinges and sinks, and we sell a number of different options based on your needs.

Our wooden routing jigs are made of MDF and are perfect for DIY enthusiasts as they are suitable for low frequency use, while our hard-wearing solid laminate ones are used by industry professionals across the country. Both options are simple to use and come with easy-to-follow instructions.

To use, you simply place the routing jig over the worktop and follow the guidance on the routing cutter to carve grooves or holes into the surface.

The routing jig sets we supply can save you money by giving you the tools required to install your worktop yourself. They provide guidelines to create cut-outs for mitre joints – where two pieces of wood with 45-degree angles are joined together to make a right-angle – and connector bolts.

As well as a standard installation jig, we also have different versions available to help with fitting hotrod sets, drainage grooves and Belfast sinks. Our routing jigs are clearly labelled with their purpose, so if you were fitting drainage grooves you could use one of our drainer jigs, for example.

If you’re installing the worktop yourself to save money, check out our value options – our 700mm Value Worktop Jig is just £17.50 – while our professional range starts at just £25 for a 650mm Solid Laminate Worktop jig.

We have everything you need to install your own worktops, but if you have any questions about our range of jigs, please contact us via telephone or email, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

Choosing Upstands and Splashbacks for your Kitchen

When you know which worktops you will be using and you have chosen the colour of your cabinets and the paint for your walls, choosing tiles, upstands, splashbacks or a combination of the three is an important part of your new kitchen design. Kitchen walls need to be capable of withstanding a number of splashes – and often with difficult-to-remove substances like oils, tomato based sauces and dark berry juices.

Stainless steel spalshback and upstands are a modern option and work well with any number of worktop materials

Splashbacks, upstands and tiles are wipe clean and help prevent walls becoming stained. Splashbacks and upstands are much easier to install and maintain than tiles, as they can adhere straight to the wall whilst tiles require grout and will need to be stuck on individually. Tiles are slightly harder to maintain as the grout between the tiles will eventually become discoloured, regardless of how clean it is kept.

Upstands have the added benefit of being capable of hiding uneven walls which is perfect in older properties. stainless steel upstands and splashbacks can be used to create a professional, contemporary look and pair well with a variety of different worktop colours and materials.

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Exotic Zebrano Worktops for a Unique Kitchen

With a variety of timber worktops avaliable, it can be tricky to choose the best option for your home. For a truly unique kitchen, our unusual Zebrano worktops are a striking choice, featuring a grain pattern that is stripy in appearence-giving the worktop it its name!

Zebrano worktops are a striking option for any home

The colour of our Zebrano worktops varies, from a light toffee shade to a dark brown which is what creates the prominent ‘Zebra effect’. Every one of these worktops we stock is completely unqiue and has a distinctive grain pattern that is sure to have an impact in any room. This durable hardwood is cut into 40mm staves to create our worktops, which are finger-jointed together for optimal stability.

Zebrano timber is typically found in West Africa, where we work hard to ensure that the sources of our zebrano worktop are sustainable, and responsibly managed. As it is not a widely avaliable wood species, zebrano is frequently used for fine furniture where an unmistakable and luxurious look is required.

If you need any assistance in ordering your zebrano worktops, please to not hesitate to get in touch.

Light Wood Worktops at Kitchen Surplus

We have written a number of posts about our dark timber worktop options, but what about the alternative? There are a number of light wood worktops in our collection, and these are currently very popular in fashionable Scandi-lifestyle trends.

Beech worktops have a soft, speckled grain pattern for a modern look

Beech Worktops

Our beech worktops are available in two different styles; both prime beech worktops and our rustic beech worktops are the perfect option if you are looking for light wood worktops. Beech has an attractive speckled grain pattern and is a fantastic choice for a modern kitchen. The two options available on in our catalogue are constructed using 40mm staves.

Maple worktops are a timeless option and have been used in kitchens for centures

Maple Worktops

Maple worktops have been used as kitchen surfaces for centuries and it is easy to see why! The light wood is an elegant yet characterful option and although it is one of the palest timbers we have available, the rich honey tone ensures it is not cold. Again constructed from 40mm staves, maple is a versatile surface for any home that is extremely hard wearing.

Bamboo worktops have a unique grain pattern due to the structure of the grass

Bamboo Worktops

If you are looking for a more exotic work surface, our bamboo worktops are a unique choice. The interesting structure of bamboo creates a detailed grain pattern that cannot be found on any other timber type. Light wood worktops constructed using bamboo have a uniform appearance and are one of our most sustainable options thanks to the speed at which this giant grass grows. It also has the added benefit of being naturally waterproof for a durable worktop.

Which of our light wood worktops will look best in your home? Order online today or give us a call on 01452 725 145 to discuss any of our timbers in more detail.

Wooden Worktop Care: Keeping your Work Surface in Good Condition

Wooden worktop care helps make sure your surfaces are good enough to eat off of!

Solid wood work surfaces are a beautiful addition to any kitchen, but will need regular maintenance to stay in tip-top condition. Wooden worktop care is an essential part of wooden worktop ownership, but don’t let that put you off. It will take some time in the beginning but the longer you have the surfaces, the less effort will be needed.


We have previously written about oiling your worktops and this is one of the main things you will need to do to keep your solid wood surfaces looking great. Our guide covers everything in more detail, but for a quick refresher:

  1. Sand with 150 or 120 grit paper for a smooth finish
  2. Rub worktop to remove dust and grit
  3. Apply oil (we recommend Rustin’s Danish Oil) to worktop
  4. Once dry (leave at least 6 – 8 hours for this) repeat the process
  5. When all coats have been applied, wipe with a lint free cloth to ensure oil coverage is even

This will need to be done before the worktops are installed, then as often as possible after they have been fitted. After the first six weeks, we would suggest around once every three months to retreat with oil.


When thinking about wooden worktop care, it is important to consider the daily use of your surface. Keeping your worktop clean and dry will ensure it remains in a good condition and looks great for years to come; the products you use to clean can have an impact on how your worktop looks. We recommend using a mix of soap and water to wipe your surfaces, as chemical cleaners can have a harsh effect on wooden worktops.


One of the benefits of wooden worktops is that often small damages can be repaired. Light surface scratches can be sanded and re-oiled to match the rest of the countertop, and the same can be done with shallow burns and discolouration. For dents, spray a light misting of water onto the surface and place a wet cloth over the area of damage. Using a hot iron on the damp cloth for 5 second periods will steam the area and should raise the dent to remove it.

Done right, wooden worktop care can ensure a long and healthy life for your work surfaces! Stay up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter.

What are Wooden Worktop Staves?

There are a number of different terms we use to describe our solid wood worktops, and we occasionally are asked what some of the words mean. “What are wooden worktop staves?” is the question we get asked most often, so in this blog we will go through what they are and the different types our work surfaces have.

A stave may also be called a block and is used to describe the thin lengths or strips of timber used to manufacture our worktops. The wooden worktop staves are finger jointed together with high pressure and glue to make sure they are as sturdy as possible. Staves come in a variety of different sizes, which alters the look of each worktop.

40mm Staves

Wooden worktop staves of 40mm are the widest staves we have on offer and also the most common. Staves are also 40mm thick, and this produces a traditional looking solid wood worktop. Popular options we have in a 40mm stave are, walnut, prime oak and farmhouse oak, as shown above.

20mm Staves

We also have a collection of solid wood worktops that feature a 20mm stave. These wooden worktop staves are still 40mm thick to ensure they are robust enough for the daily wear and tear of life in a busy kitchen. Worktops with smaller staves typically feature more variation, creating a less uniform look. Our premium oak, caramel bamboo and premium walnut worktops all feature 20mm staves and can be used to create a range of different looks.

Top 4 Reasons to Shop with Kitchen Surplus

The reasons for you to shop with us are endless but just to help you out, we have put together this list! These are our top 4 reasons to shop with Kitchen Surplus:


1. Wide Product Range

The range of items we stock at Kitchen Surplus is extensive. A huge variety of timber worktops are available, but we also sell all the worktop accessories you may need, along with tools to help with installation, like routing jigs. We even have splashbacks, for the perfect finishing touch.

2. Platinum Power Seller Rating on eBay

After over 15,000 successful transactions on eBay, we have over 15,000 positive feedback, giving us Platinum Power Seller Rating. We work hard to ensure we get it right for our customers, and they agree – so you can be sure that Kitchen Surplus is a company you can trust.

3. Next-Day Delivery

The majority of our products are kept in stock, so they are available to be sent out as soon as possible, which means fewer delays for you in getting your worktops or splashbacks installed. Orders placed before 12 noon can be delivered next-day, as long as the products ordered are available.

4. European Timber

At Kitchen Surplus, we work hard to ensure all of our worktops are made from high-quality European timber. This means we can be certain that we are supplying a superior product, and one that will look fantastic for years to come when taken care of correctly.

So there you have our top reasons for choosing to shop with Kitchen Surplus – place your order with us today! Alternatively, you can speak with one of our friendly sales advisors and order over the phone on 01452 725 145 or via email at sales@kitchen-surplus.co.uk.

Outstanding Oak Worktops at Kitchen Surplus

At Kitchen Surplus, we have worked hard to bring you a selection of solid wood worktops at affordable prices. Our range of oak worktops includes 5 different options, so we have something to suit every style as well as every budget. Oak is a popular choice as it is naturally incredibly hardwearing and has an attractive, warm golden colour.

This Farmhouse Oak worktop has a rustic charm

Perfect for a farmhouse kitchen, our Rustic Oak and Farmhouse Oak worktops feature a prominent grain pattern and striking colour variations, for a natural look that suits traditional kitchens.

Premium oak worktops are incredibly popular for a variety of different kitchen styles

Our Premium Oak worktops are our most popular option, as they suit a wide range of different styles. They have slender 20mm wide staves and an attractive grain making them the perfect option for any home. For a more luxurious option, our Prime Oak worktops feature wider 40mm staves and a more consistent grain for a sophisticated look.

Dark Oak worktops are an affordable option for those wanting to create a luxury look

For something a little different, our dark oak worktops have a rich, deep colour that looks more similar to black American walnut or wenge worktops. This is achieved through a special treatment that darkens the oak worktop throughout. Dark oak worktops are perfect for creating a dramatic look, so are great if you want your worktop to make a statement.

All of our oak worktops are available and in stock to order online today – alternatively, you can give us a call on 01452 725 145 or email us at sales@kitchen-surplus.co.uk to place your order if you would prefer.

Create a Farmhouse Kitchen with our Rustic Worktops

We have a range of different worktops available in a selection of timber types. Often there will be different styles for different timber types, including our Rustic and Farmhouse options, which are ideal for creating a Farmhouse kitchen theme.

These farmhouse oak worktops have a timeless appeal that looks great in a farmhouse kitchen

Farmhouse Oak Worktops

These characterful surfaces have a prominent grain pattern, making them great for a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Occasional knots add to the natural look of this worktop, with a charming appeal that is ideally suited to a more classically styled home.

Our rustic beech worktops are pale in colour with a prominent grain pattern, ideal for a characterful kitchen

Rustic Beech Worktops

Our rustic beech worktops feature wide colour variations and distinctive grain pattern. The light colouring of this timber works well paired with white cabinets, which is a popular look for a farmhouse kitchen. These beech surfaces offer excellent value for money and have a rustic charm that will look at home in any country home.

Each farmhouse ash worktop is completely unique thanks to the colour variation featured

Farmhouse Ash Worktops

With a variety of different hues featured on every surface, farmhouse ash worktops are a unique option. These worktops have a variable natural grain, adding to the non-uniform charm of the countertops – perfect for a farmhouse kitchen. Our farmhouse ash worktops have an unrefined appeal that looks right at home in a traditionally styled kitchen.

Rustic oak worktops are full of charm with a distinctive grain pattern

Rustic Oak Worktops

Slightly different to our farmhouse oak worktops, our rustic oak worktops feature larger colour variation and a more prominent grain. This is fantastic for those wanting to create a farmhouse kitchen, as the slightly ‘rough-and-ready’ look adds character to any home. Of course, nothing about this surface is rough – it is still sanded to the same smooth finish as our other worktops, ready for oiling.

We’re available on 01452 725145 or sales@kitchen-surplus.co.uk if you do want to speak with us before placing your order.

Discount Kitchens from a Platinum rated Power Seller on eBay!

If you’re looking for discount kitchens from a reputable source, look no further! We have a wide range of kitchen products available, from solid timber worktops to glass splashbacks as well as installation necessities like our worktop installation kit.

The entire range of products we sell, plus more, is available on our eBay store! As we’ve been selling on eBay since 2005, we’ve now reached Platinum rated Power Seller status with over 15,000 reviews in that time. With over 1,000 positive reviews in the last 12 months, whether you choose to buy your discount kitchens, parts and accessories from us directly or via our eBay store, you can be sure you’ll get excellent quality and service.

If you would prefer, you can contact us over the phone or via email to place your order.

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