|Forum topic by Spacehog||posted 04-04-2016 04:08 AM||624 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-04-2016 04:08 AM
Ahoy out there! I was recently approached by a good friend of mine because he wants me to tear out his counter (which is a pretty basic laminate) and replace it with a butcherblock counter. I feel pretty sure that I can do it, but I want to ask around a bit before I get myself in too deep. Haha.
I’ve done a ton of butcherblock cutting boards and also a butcherblock table; so the concept of making a butcherblock surface isn’t new to me. However, I’ve never installed a counter of any kind. I’ve also never taken one out, so there’s that too. I haven’t looked at their counter yet, so I can’t really answer any questions about it at this time.
I guess what I’m most curious about are 2 things:
1. Are there things I should know before taking out an old laminate countertop? I mean, I don’t plan to go it with a jackhammer and wreak havoc. But I’m not sure if there are some rookie mistakes that I could avoid.
2. Once I have the countertop off, are there things I should know about attaching the butcherblock counter? I read an article about how it’s important for table tops to be secured in a way that allows for the wood to move some over time. I assume that the same principle would apply for countertops, but I guess I’m not entirely sure. I’ve seen things like figure 8 fasteners and z clips that allow for movement, so I think I could use those easily enough. But I didn’t know if there were other things that I needed to consider with how to fasten it all.
Anyway, thanks in advance for the help!
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