Worktop Joints: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
As standard, all wooden worktops available from Worktop Express are provided in a smooth sanded finish with square edges. In most cases, to prepare your new countertops for installation you need only finish them with a few coats of oil; however, when joining multiple worktops together or creating an extra-wide surface, you will need to know about the different worktop joints that are available.
When joining two wooden worktops together at a 90˚ angle, a butt joint is the preferred method. This method allows you to join two worktops together neatly without interrupting the wood’s grain pattern, whilst ensuring that the timber can still expand and contract without bowing or splitting.
Recesses that accommodate a set of worktop connector bolts are routed into the underside of the worktop. This invisible join makes it easy to connect the two worktops; moreover, this can be done without the help of a professional fitter, as only a small amount of sealant is required to fill the gap between the two worktops.
You can read more about this method of joining two wood worktops by reading our Butt Joints Nutshell Guide.
Mason’s Mitre Joint
A mason’s mitre joint is one of the most popular type of worktop joints used to connect two laminate worktops, as it provides a neat join that minimises wastage when compared to a 45˚ mitre joint.
A mason’s mitre joint is sometimes known as a ‘hockey stick’ joint (thanks to the curve in the join at the front edge of the worktop). These worktop joints can be made easily by using one of our worktop jigs, all of which include an aperture for creating a mason’s mitre joint.
If you would prefer that your laminate worktops arrive ready to install, this joint can be created prior to delivery of your worktops via our laminate worktop cutting service.
Want to know more? Read our ‘Mason’s Mitre Joints for Kitchen Worktops’ information guide.
When creating worktops larger than 960mm in width for breakfast bars or kitchen islands, it may be necessary to join two worktops together using an extra-strong biscuit joint.
This type of joint is created by routing apertures into the side of the worktop, which accommodate ‘biscuit’ shaped pieces of timber that help to reinforce the join (whilst creating a seamless appearance).
Creating the perfect biscuit joint is not an easy process, so we recommend taking advantage of our bespoke cutting service if you require an extra-large worktop.
If you are looking for inspiration for your kitchen’s layout and cannot decide which type of joint may suit your requirements, we recommend viewing the kitchens in our Customer Kitchens Gallery.