Fitting Beech Wooden Worktop

27 Mar 2006
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United Kingdom

Sorry if this has been covered numerous times, I did search but did'nt find anything definitive.

I'm currently planning a kitchen upgrade and the current plan is to have a wooden beech worktop. The kitchen is coming from Ikea and the worktop I plan to have is this.

So my question is what is the best way of fitting this, we have a L shaped kitchen so I need to do one join. As it seems to be square edged will a simple butt joint be ok ? rather than anything fancy i.e. a mason joint (I believe its called)

Theres lots of mention of routing, if I'm simply using a butt joint do I need to do this ? I will probably rent a decent circular saw to cut the worktop in the appropriate place but I'm unsure of what the cut will look like or if a router will give a better finish.

Finally do I need to cut holes in the underside for butterfly bolts to hold the joint together ? Or is this only for laminate style worktops and there a better method for solid wood worktops ?

Apologies for all the questions and thanks to all that take the time to help me out !! As you can probably tell I'm very much a newbie at this, though looking forward to the work ....


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Their are plenty of posts about fitting worktops.

But in this instance, you really need to do a small masons mitre, otherwise you will have the chamfer running along the length of your join, which will look awful.

Seal your cut edges thoroughly, 4/5/6 coats if necessary.

Worktop bolts are fine to use.
You could get a metal joining strip which will save you loads of time and money. Some people hate them though, so you might think it worthwhile to go the extra mile.
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scottster - thanks for the pics. I've been wondering If I should go for a thicker worktop as well ... think I will go and see what they look like before deciding.

Thanks all for advice on joining bolts etc - looks like a small masons mitre is required, as you save otherwise the small camber will be visible as there not completely square. Though I supose this could be done at a 45 degree angle and straight edge rather than curving as I dont see a major difference.



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