“I am confident at DIY, is joining kitchen worktops something I can do myself?” Question of the Week 20.05.17
“I am confident at DIY, is joining kitchen worktops something I can do myself?”
Although we do offer a bespoke cutting service, our ‘Question of the Week’ is something customers regularly ask. This week, we responded to Mai in High Wycombe.
“I’m planning my new kitchen and want to do as much of it as much as possible as I am fairly confident at DIY. I want an L-shaped kitchen and wondered joining kitchen worktops together is something I can do myself?”
Thank you for sending in your query – we are happy to help assist in your kitchen planning and advise on joining kitchen worktops.
If you are looking to join two wood or laminate worktops together, it is a fairly straightforward task as long as you are comfortable using the correct equipment.
If joining wooden worktops, we would recommend using a butt joint to connect the two work surfaces together at a 90˚ angle using specialist worktop connector bolts. To accommodate the bolts, you would need to cut recesses into the underside of the worktop, which is easiest done with an electric router.
Further information about joining worktops using this joint can be found in our dedicated ‘Butt Joints’ Nutshell information guide.
Worktop connector bolts should also be used to connect two laminate worktops together, though rather than a straight butt joint, we would instead recommend a mason’s mitre joint. This can be cut using one of our worktop router jigs, which clamps to the worktop and provides a template for an electric router to make what is sometimes known as a ‘hockey stick’ joint.
You can learn more about fitting worktops using a jig by reading our ‘How to use Jigs with Kitchen Worktops’ guide. Further details on fitting laminate worktops is available in our ‘How to Install Laminate Kitchen Worktops’ Nutshell guide.
If you feel like joining kitchen worktops may be beyond your DIY skills, we offer a worktop cutting service which is very competitively priced. Amongst a range of bespoke services, we can cut worktops to size and prepare two worktops for a mason’s mitre joint or butt joint. If you decide to take advantage of this service, your worktops will be ready to install immediately following delivery, allowing you to concentrate on other parts of the kitchen installation you feel more comfortable completing.
I hope this provides you with enough information to decide how to proceed, but if you need any further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us again via email, live chat or social media.
All the best,
Ben @ Worktop Express
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