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Kickboards are one of the last things you install when you are building a kitchen. We’ll teach you how to measure up your drilling points properly and install your kickboards neatly. You will also learn how to protect the laminate surface while you cut.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Install Your U-Shaped Kitchen
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How to cut kickboard

It’s important to protect the laminate on the front of your kickboard when you cut it with a saw. Simply turn the board over so the front face is down. That way, any laminate stripped by the saw will be hidden on the back of the board.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare the kickboards for cutting
2 Cut the kickboard to size
3 Mark out the drilling points for the kickboard
4 Install the kickboard
  • Step 1. Prepare the kickboards for cutting

    Measure the lengths your kickboards need to cover under your cabinets and mark them up with a combination square. To protect the front of the laminate from the teeth of your saw blade, lay your board face down on the sawhorses and cover your cut lines with masking tape. 
  • Step 2. Cut the kickboard to size

    Put some cardboard under the kickboard and clamp it to the sawhorses. This will help protect the front face from scratching. Then use your circular saw to trim the kickboard to size. To ensure you get a really clean cut, have someone hold the offcut as you saw. This stops the offcut snapping off early and stripping the laminate.
  • Step 3. Mark out the drilling points for the kickboard

    Insert the kickboard under the cabinets, up against the legs. Now use your combination square to measure from the front of the cabinet to the kickboard. Then add half the thickness of your kickboard to that measurement to get your drilling distance. In this case, our kickboard is 19mm thick, so we add 9mm to our measurement and mark that line on our cabinets. 
  • Step 4. Install the kickboard

    Remove the kickboard and drill pilot holes for the screws using the line marked out in the previous step. Drill two holes per cabinet, the whole way along the line. Then reinsert the kickboard and screw it into place using 28mm screws. To give your job a clean finish, drive your screws in until the heads ‘countersink’ just below the surface.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Combination square
  • Drill
  • Ear muffs
  • Impact driver
  • Masking tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Planer
  • Safety glasses
  • Saw horses

Materials

  • Screws
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