With the development of modern production technologies, over the past one and a half centuries, we have become accustomed to sanitary ware from ceramics and metal, which you will not surprise anyone. The most elaborate models of porcelain and earthenware have become commonplace. Stainless light steel for kitchen sinks replaced heavy enamelled cast iron.
To give the house exclusivity, try to use unusual materials or use them in an unusual performance. So, sinks made of glass or natural stone are considered an extraordinary design solution. They can be quite expensive. But what about a tree? According to many, it is difficult to imagine a tree in plumbing - it can only serve as furniture or a decorative element. However, this is a big mistake, and modern designers successfully destroy this myth.
From ancient times, wooden objects and coatings were widely used in household goods. This is an excellent material for the construction of houses, baths, utility rooms. It is difficult to imagine a real Russian bathhouse without wooden water containers: barrels, tubs, fonts. The tree interacts well with water, and with the correct processing of the material, it can last for many years. Wood fiber is environmentally friendly, gives the room a kind of aesthetics, and is also able to emphasize interior design. For this reason, wooden washbasin sinks have been especially popular lately. In its finished form, the wooden sink acquires a stylish gloss. Such a model can become one of the main design accents of the room.
Of course, in order for a wooden sink to look stylish and preserve the functionality of the material for a long time, the wood must be specially treated. That is why in the manufacture of such products during polishing, multilayer protection with varnish and certain compositions are used, which make it possible to increase the resistance of wood to water.
Another feature of wooden sinks is the property of the material to acquire a darker shade over time. For each breed, this factor is individual. Manufacturers interested in the quality of their products will definitely offer and advise a set of tools that can preserve the original shades of wood. Some models of sinks require mandatory periodic treatment with special oils.
The basic rule of caring for a sink made of wood is to avoid caustic cleaners containing abrasive substances in their composition.
Wood is a natural material. Like all life on the planet, it is associated with water. Starting from the growth of seeds, ending with wood processing, water is constantly present somewhere nearby. In the old days, ships were built from wood, the river was rafted, some varieties of wood were processed by soaking or flooding. For example, after prolonged soaking, the oak gains particular strength, therefore the myth that the tree cannot be combined with water does not stand up to the facts.
Over time, the masters experimentally determined which tree species are most suitable for interacting with water. Nowadays, sinks are made from the following materials.
One of the most durable types of wood, which from water acquires additional strength. It was from it that the first water pipes in medieval Europe were made. Oak has a wide range of shades, which allows you to choose the perfect option for every taste.
Valuable material that is high in rubber. Due to this property, teak shells have additional water-repellent properties. The oily substances in this wood prevent the formation of fungus and mold. Under the influence of water, the wood does not darken over time, retaining its original shade.
Durable material with a wide color spectrum from the lightest to the most saturated dark shades. Bamboo is somewhat cheaper than oak and teak, as it does not fully fall under the definition of "wood."
The most economical option, since products from them are not so sophisticated and durable. However, maple, birch, acacia or walnut wood lends itself perfectly to processing, takes any form, and under the influence of special compounds it becomes quite durable. In production, the method of pressing and gluing small particles of wood, impregnation with wax and oils, lamination is used. But the product can be made from a solid array with subsequent processing and impregnation.
First of all, wooden sinks are able to emphasize the style of rooms oriented to natural wood.
The tree is perfectly combined with any other materials, therefore, items from:
- natural stone;
Favorite styles of designers for inclusion in the interior of wooden sinks.
- The rustic design motif will sparkle with new colors if a wooden washstand decorated with carvings is added to the “Russian hut” or American country style.
- Stylish wooden sinks will decorate the chalet style and give it nobility without interruption from the surrounding natural environment.
- Rustic wood will add brutality, especially when combined with unprocessed stone.
- The tenderness of Provence will be emphasized by a bleached oak sink and a forged ornament with patina or gilding.
- A natural element will be added to the eco style, of which there are not many in such an interior. The eco-style washbasin cabinet can be made from natural or artificial rattan.
- But the sophisticated classics are not alien to the unusual manifestation of the shapes and texture of wooden shells. Clear geometric shapes, shining varnish on noble wood, will look truly luxurious and respectable.
- But for ultramodern styles it is better to choose a different material, more close to artificial raw materials and the latest technologies.
Making a sink for a house in the village with your own hands will not be difficult if you have the skills of carpentry. The main advantage of such a product will be in its originality and a piece of your creativity. The easiest option is to cut the container from solid wood or well glued beams.
A step-by-step instruction will allow you to understand how to make a sink yourself , having school knowledge from labor lessons.
- Decide on the size and material. The width and depth of the container will depend on your preference and the availability of canvas.
- Having cleaned the top layer of wood, apply a marking according to a previously prepared plan.
- With a circular saw, cut a recess in the array along the contour. Do not forget about calculating the depth, so as not to cut through the tree.
- Use a chisel and hammer to remove excess wood particles.
- With a grinding disc, give the container a smooth surface; additionally treat the wood with sandpaper to remove small burrs.
- At the designated location, cut a drain hole.
- The resulting shell must be treated with an epoxy resin, and then a polyurethane coating is applied. This will create a waterproof layer.
- After the varnish has dried, your unique sink is ready for installation and connection to the drain system. You can also give it an unusual look by inventing your own design and form.
The subtleties of care
Despite its strength, wood is a fairly demanding material that requires careful handling and special care, so the methods of use and cleaning that are usual for faience and metal will not work here.
In order for the sink to last a long time, some rules of care and maintenance should be followed.
- Do not put hot objects, do not pour boiling water. Wood is exposed to high temperatures, so unattractive marks may remain on the surface of the sink.
- Cleaning the sink is carried out only with soft sponges and antibacterial non-alkaline compounds. Aggressive substances can corrode, and then destroy the structure of wood and coatings, so the use of abrasive cleaners with chlorine and bleaches is excluded.
- Undesirable interaction of the surface with sharp objects that can scratch the protective layer;
- Particularly oily product residues should be avoided, since their subsequent removal may cause certain difficulties;
- Wooden sinks should not be used in a kitchen where there is a high risk of contamination with grease or boiling water on the surface;
- It is necessary to conduct periodic treatment of the sink with special compounds, including oils and wax. Preventive treatments are carried out every three months. This will extend the life of the product, as well as preserve its water-repellent qualities and color.
You can find out how wood shells are made in the next video.