Bizier Countertops

 

The connaisseur's ultimate choice, a laminated wood countertop is natural, versatile and remarkable in its beauty. It will highlight the design of your kitchen and be the envy of your guests. The chef inside of you will appreciate the beauty of a wood laminated cabinet and island countertops. Food preparation will become a pleasure on this work surface that, well maintained, will last for years.

Bizier countertops are manufactured in Quebec, in the village of Wakefield, twenty-five minutes north of Ottawa. They are custom built using different wood species with various finishing options to suit your taste and needs. 

 

Using wood from sustainably managed forests, (we are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council) combined with our recent top-of-the-line equipment and many years of experience, we build high quality custom products respecting the environment.

 

We invite you to use the tools on this webpage to help define your style of countertop, in line with your design and budget.

 
Before Making A Choice

 

Please note that in the following text, "panel" and "countertop" are used interchangeably as a work surface countertop or a panel built with strips of wood glued together. These panels are mainly used as kitchen countertops but can also be made as steps, table tops, work stations or other uses.

Depending on your project configuration, you may need one, or several panels that will be attached together to create a work surface that is equally beautiful and practical. One of these panels could be attached as an overhang or as a waterfall, with both top and bottom faces visible. A panel that would be used as an island would have only one visible face requiring a finished appearance. If both faces are visible, both sides will have a nice appearance. Where only one side is visible, the hidden side may have knots, cracks or other features that give a less desirable appearance. Depending on your needs and budget, we offer three options for you to choose the appearance of each side of your panel. When you fill in the information for a quote, you will be asked to chose between these three options.

Surface with nice appearance

Underside with nice appearance

Surface with nice appearance

Underside with holes, knots and cracks, filled

Surface with nice appearance

Underside with holes, knots and cracks, unfilled

Surface
with nice appearance

Underside with nice appearance

OPTION 1

Surface
with nice appearance

Underside with holes, knots and cracks, filled

OPTION 2

Surface
with nice appearance

Underside with holes, knots and cracks, unfilled

OPTION 3
 
Different Species

 Canadian Wood

 

The Canadian Collection countertops are made from a selection of wood species valued for their beauty and resilience. They can be constructed to the desired thickness, ranging from 0.75" to 3". The maximum dimensions without joints possible is 50" wide and 135" long. The Canadian Collection countertops are made from full length wood strips.

Below are the most popular wood species of this collection. The photos provide examples of wood characteristics, such as knots, mineralization and color variations, that may be found in a countertop with nice appearance.

 

White Oak
White Oak
White Oak
White Oak

White Oak

Coloured Birch
Coloured Birch
Coloured Birch

Coloured Birch

White Maple
White Maple
White Maple
White Maple

White Maple

Black Walnut
Black Walnut
Black Walnut
Black Walnut

Black Walnut

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Cherry

Coloured Maple
Coloured Maple
Coloured Maple

Coloured Maple

N.B.: These pictures demonstrate a countertop with an oil finish. The colors in the product may vary from the screen photos.

 European Wood

 

The European Collection countertops, have an overall mosaic pattern and are available in four wood species. These eco-responsible countertops are constructed from short pieces of wood that might otherwise be destined for energy production or construction of palettes. Construction using many small pieces of wood allows for greater stability as well as the possibility to produce countertops up to 192" long and 50" wide. The European wood panels are offered in 1-1/2" thickness only.

European jointed beech
Notice the finger joint
on the edge
European White Oak
Jointed wood with oil finish
European coloured beech
Coloured heartwood, oil finish
European white beech
White wood assembly, sapwood butted
European walnut
Jointed wood, oil finish
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Types of construction

Depending on the use for the countertop and your budget, Bizier offers three possible types of construction:

End grain consists of wood strips glued together in a vertical position. The result is an elegant product, offering high resistance to usage, but sensitive to changes in relative humidity. Because this construction process is labour-intensive it will have a higher cost. 

Finger jointed construction, is where short pieces of wood are glued end to end, yielding a solid and stable product recommended for countertops and butcher blocks.

Flat grain consists of long horizontal strips of wood that are glued together, as in the flat grain construction type. It is the most common construction type used for countertops in the food industry and in home kitchens.

3 types de construction

Finger jointed

Flat grain

End grain

 
 
Thickness

 

 The most popular thicknesses are 1-1/2" and 2". For kitchen countertops, we recommend at least 1-1/4" or 1-1/2". For an island, 2" is very good while a thickness of 3" gives a dramatic effect.

 
Countertop Layout

 

 a) Panels and their assembly types.

Angle

Square

Work Station

 

b) Waterfall Assembly Types

Our waterfalls are designed to be shipped non-assembled. A bolt and screw mechanism allows for easy assembly using a 10 mm wrench.

Box Joint

Shiplap

Mortise & Tenon

Waterfall Assembly Types
 

c) Cut-outs

undermount sink

drop-in sink

stove top

knife holder

compost bin

 

d) Edge Profiles

 
Finishing

 

Bizier offers three types of finishing to allow clients to choose the finish appropriate to the end use of the countertop or butcher block. Below we highlight advantages and disadvantages for the different products.

 

For wood surfaces to be used for food preparation, we have a range of finishing products that should be applied on a regular basis. For wood surfaces subjected to intensive use, we recommend a base coat of polymerized oil followed by regular maintenance with Bizzz wax. A varnish finish requires minimum maintenance. However, counters treated in this way can not be used for food preparation. It is important to note that a water-based finish will give a different effect than an oil-based finish. Please consult the photos to see examples of how varnishing affects the appearance of various wood species.

Bizzz  TMBizzz wax is a mixture of oil and beeswax. It has a pleasant odour and is consistent with Canadian regulation. Bizzz wax can thus be applied to protect various wood surfaces (cutting boards, salad bowls, wooden toys etc.), including those used to prepare, store or serve food. This wood protector needs to be applied as part of a regular maintenance schedule (please consult Maintenance section below).

Bizzz Polymerized Oil: Bizzz polymerized oil forms a protective film when dry that provides protection against liquids and other food that can cause stains. Once dry (24-48 hours after application), treated surfaces are ready to come into contact with food. For best results, this protective treatment should be applied periodically (please see Maintenance section below).

Water-based varnish: This protective varnish requires only one application. While varnish offers the best resistance to stains and demands little maintenance, wood surfaces treated in this way should not be used for food preparation.

Difference between a varnish and an oil finish:

Varnished  . . . .  Oiled
Jointed European Walnut
Varnished  . . . .  Oiled
Cherry
Varnished  . . . .  Oiled
Coloured Birch
Varnished  . . . .  Oiled
Black Walnut
Varnished  . . . .  Oiled
Jointed White Beech
Varnished  . . . .  Oiled
Jointed Coloured Beech
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N.B.: These pictures are used as examples, to show the difference between the varnish and the oil finish. The colour and appearance may vary.

 
Maintenance

 

All our countertops, regardless of the type of finish, can be cleaned with mild soapy water. It is possible that after a week or two of usage, the surface may appear a bit rough. There is no cause for alarm. This is a normal occurrence caused by the swelling of the surficial wood fibers after coming into contact with water. A light sanding will readily restore the surface. (Please see the maintenance sheet for roughened surface). After  a few treatments, it will no longer be necessary to do this maintenance. Countertops with  oil or beeswax finish require occasional re-application of the protective treatment. When water rapidly penetrates the surface of the countertop, it is time to re-apply the protective coating. Following a cleaning or disinfection of the wood surface, the wood must be allowed to dry for 12 hours before application of the protective treatment. Our products are non-toxic but it is recommended to use latex or vinyl gloves, available in most hardware or department stores, when applying the protective treatment.

For the Bizzz beeswax finish, a coat of the product should be applied with 0000 steel wool and polished with a soft cloth.

For the Bizzz oil finish, the protector should be applied with a soft cloth. After waiting 5 minutes, the excess product should be wiped off followed by a vigorous polish using steel wool (000). Following the polish, the surface should then be wiped with a soft cloth. It is important to remove all of the excess product not absorbed by the wood. Otherwise, the excess oil will form a sticky layer on the surface. If this occurs, it is necessary to repeat the steps described above. It is important to note that cloths that have absorbed polymerized oil can be a fire hazard. Oil penetrated cloths should be immersed in water before disposal. Please also be aware that this product contains oil of the tung nut and could cause an allergic reaction to people sensitive to nuts.

ATTENTION:  

1. Rags that have absorbed oil can cause a fire. Immerse your rags in water before dispensing.

2. This product contains a nut oil that could possibly cause an allergic reaction. 

 

Disinfectant: From time to time, it would be advisable to disinfect countertops used for food preparation. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends cleaning with bleach:

- Mix 5 ml (1 tsp) of bleach with 750 ml (3 cups) of water and place it in a spray container, clearly labeled.

- After having wiped your countertop and accessories, spray the bleach mix and let it sit for 10 minutes.

- Rinse thoroughly with water a let it air dry (or use a clean kitchen towel).

To avoid cross-contamination, always clean your counter after preparing raw meat. Never place food ready to be consumed on a counter that has not been cleaned after it has been used to prepare raw meat. 

Please download the PDF here: Maintenance

 
 

If you need help, contact us at 1-877-959-1211 or 819-459-1211 or by email at info@bizier.ca.

Quotes and Orders

Please download, fill out and send us a copy of the Wood Planner so we may give you a quote and place an order for your countertop, at info@bizier.ca or by fax at 819-459-1201.

 

Restoration

 

Whether it is a question of normal wear or an accident such as dropping a boiling liquid on the countertop, eventually it will be necessary to restore the finish on your countertop. We have prepared a series of PDF files covering common issues surrounding wood surface restoration.

The type of finish determines the ease with which restoration can be achieved. A general rule is that the more a finish is resistant (e.g. catalyzed varnish), the easier it will be to maintain but more difficult to restore. For example, if the varnish is deeply scratched, it will be necessary to sand with a powerful sander and re-apply the finish over the entire surface; a very laborious task. However, wine left under a glass for several hours will not leave a trace after being wiped off. A finish with low resistance (mineral oil) will be easily stained by wine but the overall finish will be easy to restore. A  simple hand sanding will remove  stains or scratches and a rapid application of the wood protector will restore the original beauty to the surface

Consult our document Restoration of a Bizier Countertop for dealing with all types of surfaces and stains.

•  A rough surface

•  Stains on the surface

•  Scratches and marks from knives or sharp instruments

Installation 

 

Bizier offers installation services in the Outaouais and Ottawa regions. If you choose to do the installation yourself, please consult the technical documents and the video below: 

•  Installation Instructions for a Wood Countertop

•  Guarantee and Maintenance

Video: Installation Instructions for a Bizier Wood Countertop

 
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