When it comes to kitchen countertops, the popularity of granite is soaring but installing is a job for a professional carpenter. Finishing the worktop so that it blends in seamlessly together with the kitchen and any appliance such as any good nugget ice maker, air fryer etc. can be very difficult but laminate worktops can be installed by anyone. I will outline in this article exactly how to fit a laminate worktop and give it a finish that would make any carpenter proud.
Tools required for the job:
- Spirit level and plum line.
- Hammer action drill.
- Worktop jig saw to cut the mitre joints, making the joint perfectly tight (a loose joint can look very unsightly).
- Electric screwdriver.
- Circular saw.
Cutting the Worktops
First off, measure the front of the cupboard to the wall, checking the depth of the kitchen units. Generally standard worktops are 60 cm deep, which will give you enough room to scribe the edge of the wall if it is not perfectly plum. Once this has been completed, lay two pieces of wood, with one of the edges overlapping the other. Make a mark where one edge meets the front of the other edge. Now clamp the worktop to a set of trestles and then use the jig to clamp the worktop in place. It is important that the jig is facing the right way up and that the angle is right for the cut. If you are unclear on how to use the jig and get the angles right, check the manufacturer’s instruction manual on how to do this.
Use the jigsaw to cut the worktop following the line marked out by the clamped jig. It is important that you take the appropriate safety precautions and always take your time when using any saw. At this point, turn the worktop over and then re-clamp the jig into place to cut the bolt holes. You will normally have to make at least 3 bolt holes for a standard sized countertop. Cut out half the depth of the worktop for the bolt holes, cutting slowly making sure not to split the laminate countertops.
It is very unlikely that your wall will be completely straight, so the chances are you will have to scribe the wall to even out. Lift the countertops on top of the resting joints and check for gaps against the wall. The majority of these gaps will be covered by the thickness of the tiles for the backsplash. Now measure the overhang at the front edge of the countertop and make a note of it. Move the countertop so that it has an even 4cm overhang the whole way along the surface. If the gaps left after the tiles have been placed are visible to the naked eye, scribe the countertop to allow for the defect in the wall.
Use the jigsaw to cut away the correct amount from the worktop after drawing a cutting line on the worktop. Once this has been completed, slide the countertop back into place and check that it is perfectly flush. If the fit is not perfect, use a piece of wood moulding to hide those unsightly gaps. Use a bead of sealant along the top of the moulding to waterproof the joint.