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Overview

An end panel gives your kitchen cabinets a nice, clean finish. They are great for making a kitchen look level and square even when the room has uneven floors and walls. We show you how to trim and install your panel so that it sits in line with your cabinets.

Steps

1Check that the panel fits the cabinet properly

Place the end panel in position against the cabinets. It should line up with the top of the cabinets and sit 20mm out down the front face. If your floor or wall are not quite square, you can make the panel line up by trimming it.
A person drawing a line on a laminated panel

2Trim the panel

Measure the dimensions of the cabinet side. Mark up your panel with those dimensions to see how much you need to trim. If you do need to trim the panel, use a plane to trim the panel to size. Trim from the back and bottom edges so it will be hidden when the panel is installed. 
Person using a plane to trim the cabinet panel to size

3Install the panel on the end of the cabinets

Clamp the panel in place on the end of the cabinet. Screw holes in each corner using a counter sink drill bit. Drill far enough in to get a counter sink for your screw head, but not so far that the drill bit pokes out the other side. Drive your screws in and you're done
Kitchen cabinets with installed benchtops

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.