“Do you have any advice for cutting kitchen worktops?”
Today’s ‘Question of the Week’ comes from Patricia in Kendal. Patricia is planning on placing an order with us and needs advice for cutting kitchen worktops.
“I want to order my new worktops from you, but want to know whether they can be easily cut to size once you have delivered them? Any advice is appreciated.”
Thanks for getting in touch. We are very happy to provide some advice on cutting your new worktops.
If you have any previous experience using power tools, then cutting kitchen worktops can be a fairly simple operation, as long as you have access to the right equipment. In our worktop fabrication centre, the team use a variety of sophisticated machines to create bespoke worktops to exacting standards, but home DIY alternatives are also available.
If you are choosing wooden worktops, a router provides the precision to make accurate cuts, and can also be used to add unique features such as edge profiles, drainage or hotrod grooves. A quality router for cutting kitchen countertops will cost approximately £150 for a 900w model.
A circular saw is the most efficient tool for cutting a worktop down to size. A suitably powerful circular saw (that includes at least a 140mm cutting disc) can cost upwards of £100. When cutting worktops to size using a circular saw, you will need to take into account the thickness of the blade. We also recommend leaving a small amount to sand down so that the ends of your worktop have a perfectly smooth finish, or – in the case of laminate worktops – so that a matching edging strip can be applied.
Drill and Holesaw
To cut holes into a worktop for taps or other pipes, a drill and holesaw would be the best option. For wood worktops, a powerful drill will be required that can run at low speeds to ensure the wood is not burned or discoloured. A suitable drill will cost in the region of £90. You will also need to purchase a separate holesaw of a suitable diameter, which should cost from £6 – £10.
To use the tools safely, please also ensure you have the appropriate protective equipment, including a face mask and protective glasses.
If you would prefer, our bespoke worktop cutting team can make a variety of adjustments to your worktops before delivery, allowing them to be installed right away with minimal fuss: services start at just £5 depending on your needs.
To find out more about the range of fabrication services we offer on wooden worktops, visit our wood worktop cutting service page; or, for laminate worktops, visit the laminate worktop cutting service page. Alternatively, custom wood worktops can be ordered using our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool, which can be used to submit your fabrication designs to our team electronically (as an added bonus, a 10% discount on all cutting services is available when using this tool).
I hope the information provided will help you make a decision. If you have any other queries regarding our worktops, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Ben @ Worktop Express
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