|Forum topic by bluekingfisher||posted 03-19-2012 01:00 PM||2179 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-19-2012 01:00 PM
Ladies, Gents, kitchen installers or experienced work top fitters – I would dearly appreciate your advice on the sequence of installing wooden kitchen worktops from those that have undertaken the job.
Having now gutted our kitchen, I will this weekend be attempting for the first time to install the work tops in our kitchen. I have done quite a bit of research, but there are always little bits that never quite seem to be made clear and I would therefore appreciate any advice on the following on how to go about making a nice clean job.
What I propose to do is offer my proposed sequence of installing the w/tops and if I am going about it the wrong way would hope others with the experience could point me in the right direction.
There will be three worktops set out in a “U” configuration. As you walk into the kitchen, there will be the left side w/top of the “U” abutted against the wall (aproxx 7’ of run). This w/top will host the oven and hob (requiring it to be cut out to allow fitting of the hob). The base run of the U will host the sink (aprox 8’) and the right w/top will also double as the breakfast bar and will be 7’ long and 3’ wide.
The meeting points between the base w/top (sink side) and two right angled w/tops will be straight butt joints, rather than a male/female scribed joint normally used in laminated work tops.
The w/tops are presently all over siize, so I was thinking of cutting to rough lenght, how much do I leave as a margin? 2/3”?
I would think the walls won’t be bang on square so the existing square cut factory ends will require some tweeking to ensure a tight fit.
So, here are my thoughts on how to go about it.
1. Cut all w/tops to rough lenght
I hope this is about right as far as the sequence goes but i have a couple more queries if you don’t mind considering.
20. How much of a gap should I allow for expansion between work tops and the walls?
I have already given all w/tops 4 coats of Danish oil on the underside to reduce distortion.
I know this has been a little long winded topic to read, so thank you all for taking the time to read and consider, but I hope I can benefit from those who have experience of this job, or do it for a living.
I would however also appreciate it greatly if you have not carried out this job, not to offer advice on how you think it should be undertaken. I don’t want to appear ungrateful or rude but I’m confused enough not to be given conflicting info lol.
Thanks again all.
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