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Overview

There are only a few steps involved in installing a laminate benchtop. We'll show you how to join the different sections together and secure the whole bench to your cabinets. You will also see what tools you need, and get a few simple tips to help you get the best finish.

Steps

1Mark up where the sections of the bench will be joined together

Lay the bench sections in place on top of the cabinets. Crawl in under the bench and mark where the bench sections join. Then flip your benches and match up the marks again. Now measure and mark out your drill points. These are outlined in the instructions. 
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2Make the holes for the benchtop joiners

Use the Forstner bit to drill holes in the underside of the benchtop. Mark the Forstner bit with a piece of tape so you don't drill the hole too deep. Once the holes have been drilled, use a handsaw to cut trenches from the holes to the edge of the benchtop.
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3Prepare the cabinet attachments for the benchtop

The bench is attached to your kitchen cabinets using screws and brackets. Install the brackets into the top centre of the back panel of each cabinet. Then drill guide holes into the horizontal braces on the front of each cabinet. You'll use these later to screw up into the underside of the bench.
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4Join the bench sections together

This step of the video shows you how to use the bench joiner bolts correctly. The two sides of the bolt tighten together to bring the bench together. Place the sections of bench the right way up on the cabinets. Apply glue to the section joints and install the bench joiner bolts. Then pre-drill screw holes, up through the cabinets, into the benchtop and secure the benchtop in place with screws.
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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.