How to install a laminate benchtop

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Project 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.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Install a Laminate Benchtop

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark up where the sections of the bench will be joined together.
2 Make the holes for the benchtop joiners
3 Prepare the cabinet attachments for the benchtop
4 Join the bench sections together
  • Step 1. Mark 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. 
  • Step 2. Make 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.
  • Step 3. Prepare 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.
  • Step 4. Join 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.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Carpenters square
  • Chisel
  • Drill
  • Ear muffs
  • Forstner drill bit
  • Hand saw
  • Impact driver
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Safety glasses
  • Spanner
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Benchtop joiners
  • Wood glue
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