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A Guide to Joining Worktops Without a Jig

There are several worktop joints that you can use to connect your work surfaces together but they all require the use of a guide or template to achieve a professional finish. There is one method of joining worktops without a jig that we do recommend. Continue reading this blog post to find out more.

About Butt Joints

A butt joint is used to connect two worktops at a 90° angle and so is simpler and easier to join together compared to Mason’s mitre joints. Three apertures are routed into the underside of the worktop to allow for connector bolts to be fitted and, when tightened, create a smooth finish. The relative simplicity of this joint makes it the only one suitable for joining worktops without a jig.

The timber worktops that we supply come with a square edge as standard – the preferred edge profile for installing butt joints. To learn more, please view our Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide to Butt Joints.

Worktop Butt Joint Diagram

Joining Worktops Without a Jig

Unfortunately, butt joints are unsuitable for connecting laminate worktops because the core of these surfaces means that a clean finish cannot be achieved. In this case, you will have to use a mason's mitre joint which does require a jig.

We have a selection of worktop jigs that can be used to create cutouts for joints, starting from just £25. For instructions on using worktop jigs, we have put together a Guide to Using a Worktop Jig and also have comprehensive worktop jig instructions available.

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Dark Wood Butt Jointed Worktops

Worktop Customisation Service

Alternatively, we can do this for you before your worktop is delivered via our worktop customisation service. The butt joint cutting service we offer makes joining worktops without a jig easy. Our fabrication team will rout three apertures for worktop connector bolts to the underside of your worktops. Through our worktop customisation service, we provide a variety of customisations to accommodate your every need. If you would like to join a laminate worktop without a jig, our mason’s mitre joint fabrication cutting service is perfect.

Mason’s mitre joints, also known as a butt and scribe joint or hockey stick joint, waste less material when compared to 45° mitre joints and are regarded as the best method for joining two laminate worktops. Read more about them in this mason’s mitre joint guide.

You can also use our innovative online worktop customisation tool to order bespoke worktops quickly and easily online – though if you prefer, you can order customised worktops over the telephone on 0345 22 22 644 or via email at [email protected]. This is all the information you need about joining worktops without a jig. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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