How to Provide Correct Measurements for Bespoke Wooden Worktops
We have created many bespoke wooden worktops over the last few years. More recently we have expanded our operation – in order to meet the increased demand – with precise CNC machinery and other specialist equipment to offer incredibly accurate worktop alterations with a high quality fit and finish.
To create your custom worktops, we ask for accurate measurements that allow us to create a clear fabrication diagram for our team to work from. Please make sure to label your own diagram clearly so that we can re-create it using computer aided design (CAD); this is an essential step and allows us to load the design directly onto our CNC machine.
Here are some tips that may help you to provide the correct measurements:
The term ‘radius corner’ refers to the rounded edge applied to a worktop. This customisation is commonly used around sinks, hobs and to accommodate curved cabinets, too.
Manufacturers will often provide radius dimensions with sinks and hobs, which can be provided to us to ensure a millimetre-perfect cut.
TIP: make sure that you account for any overhanging lips that might be required by overmounted sinks or hobs, and don’t request the cut-out to be the same size as the external dimensions – otherwise it will not be supported sufficiently by the worktop.
If for any reason you are not able to get this information, then there is a way of measuring the radius corner dimensions yourself. This method will work when the two edges of the worktop meet at a 90° angle.
Using a ‘frame square’ or two rulers, measure from the point where the curve begins to the point where the frame square or two rulers meet (the measurement should be the same from either side). The number taken is the length of the radius, as shown in the diagram.
TIP: don’t forget to include the thickness of the door when measuring the radius of curved corner cabinets, and be sure to account for the worktop’s overhang (the standard is 20mm).
You can find more detailed information about radius corners in our How to Measure Radius Corners guide.
Ellipse ends are perfect for creating an overhanging breakfast bar at the end of a wooden worktop, or to round the ends of a kitchen island.
To measure an ellipse end, you need to know the distance in millimetres between the apex of the ellipse, and the point at which the worktop straightens, as shown in the diagram opposite.
Decide how far you would like the worktop to overhang from your kitchen cabinets, and let our team know; they will then create a smooth ellipse based on this measurement.
The ellipse end cutting service is very flexible, and can be cut to accommodate your needs.
Read our Ellipse Ends ‘Nutshell’ Guide for further details on measuring Ellipse ends for your worktop.
As standard, we cut tap holes to 35mm, but as all taps are different you may need to measure and specify the diameter of the tap you have chosen.
Be sure to allow a little extra room for expansion and contraction of the worktop with changes in environmental temperature (and also the pipe itself; the pipe can contract and expand slightly whilst hot or cold water is travelling through it).
More information can be found in our Tap Hole Cut Outs ‘Nutshell’ Guide