“How do I cut wooden kitchen worktops to accommodate a sink with drainer?” Question of the Week 15.10.16
“How do I cut wooden kitchen worktops to accommodate a sink with drainer?”
Our third ‘Question of the Week’ this month was sent in by Ana in Devizes, who wants to cut her wooden kitchen worktops to create a hole for a sink with drainer.
“We purchased oak worktops for our utility room from Worktop Express last year, and are now thinking of cutting the worktop to fit an overmounted kitchen sink with drainer. Are you able to advise us on how best to go about this?”
Thank you for getting in touch. I hope you are pleased with your worktops so far; with a little on-going maintenance oak work surfaces will only get more attractive with age, developing a rich, golden colouration as they mature.
It is certainly possible to create a cut-out for a sink with drainer at home, and fortunately timber work surfaces are one of the easiest materials to cut. If you have any prior experience of using wood-cutting equipment and tools, the process should be relatively easy.
First, check the measures required for your sink cut-out and draw a guide in pencil onto your worktop. We strongly recommend double-checking these measurements before commencing any cutting work. If in doubt, cut a slightly smaller hole than you think you require, as additional wood can be cut away after if necessary, but it is a lot harder to remedy if over-cut!
Once you have drawn on your guidelines, use a holesaw to cut through the worktop at each of the four corners – this will make the overall cutting process a lot easier.
Next, use a worktop router (designed for use on wood) to slowly cut a straight line through the worktop between each of the four corners.
You can also use a jig saw or circular saw for this task, but we recommend using a worktop router and jig with clamps to ensure the cuts are straight. Always check the blade is sharp, and wear eye protection. You may like to practice on some scrap wood before beginning.
Once your sink with drainer is in place, don’t forget to seal it with a silicone sealant to prevent any water ingress.
If you have any further questions, please do feel free to contact us again.
Ben @ Worktop Express
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