|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 04-12-2012 12:24 PM||2587 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
04-12-2012 12:24 PM
Not really woodworking, but using a lot of woodworking skills. :)
This will be my first Corian counter top build. I understand the basics of how to build up the edges, reinforce corners, etc.
The countertop is only about 8 feet total. Going on a 3 ft base cabinet at the left, then there’s a farmhouse sink (apron front), then a dishwasher (2 ft). So essentially this would look like a 3 foot piece and a 2 ft piece with a 3 ft space in the middle and the 3 ft and 2 ft pieces are only joined by about a 4 inch piece (36 inches long) which would be running at the back of the sink cutout. It will have no backsplash glued to it.
My original though was to simply make the top all one piece with the sink cutout, but I’m now wondering if I won’t be opening myself up for a disaster trying to move it, flip it, whatever, during fabrication, installation. If I twist it I’d run the risk of breaking it at the 4 inch strip.
So for anyone experienced in this, would I be better off seaming in a piece at the back of the sink or should I keep the top deck all one piece and just be careful and bridge that opening (sink cutout) whenever I have to move it?
Also looking for any tips in making the countertop itself. I’m planning to add thickness to the front edge using 2 pieces about an inch wide, stacked. So the pieces are horizontal across the front. I’ve seen it with the 2 pieces glued together and then glued to the top deck vertical, but I think the horizontal method would be easier for me.
Edge cleanup with router. I know I need to radius any inside corners (back of the sink cutout). Edge treatment for the front is just easing the edge. Like a 1/8 round over. I’ll make a “ladder” frame for support under the counter top. That will be 1” thick. Edge thickness will be built to 1-1/2”.
I’ve never done this before so any tips are appreciated. I only have enough material to make 1 counter top. :)