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Choosing Supports for Worktops, Desks and Wooden Restaurant Table Tops

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  1. Hi I am thinking of running a worktop across a side of a kitchen leaving the underside clear I have read your advice regarding using pilaster legs and supporting using blocks of wood screwed to the wall. I just had a couple of questions… How are the pilaster legs attached and how do they allow for movement?
    Can blocks of wood be used to support both at the end and the back of the worktop? If so I’m guessing the slotted brackets must all be orientated the same way? Many thanks, Jim Turner

  2. Hi Jim,
    It sounds like you have the right idea in supporting a free-standing worktop against a wall, just do ensure that the wall you are attaching the blocks to is solid, or has timber supports that can be screwed into. If it is a plasterboard wall, it may not provide enough strength to support the weight of the wood. We also suggest using a support at least every metre to ensure the worktop is evenly supported.
    To attach the pilasters, we recommend using two slotted brackets, oriented as such so that slot runs across the grain to allow natural expansion of the worktop to occur. You could also use blocks to add extra support for the pilasters at either end of the worktop.
    I hope this answers your query,
    All the best,
    Ben @ Worktop Express.

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