How to prepare cabinetry for stone benchtop installation

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How to prepare cabinetry for stone benchtop installation

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Project Overview

Learn how to measure and fit a substrate ready for installing stone benchtops in your kitchen. We’ll show you how to measure and cut the substrate to size and give you some helpful tips for fixing the substrate in place.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Measure and cut the substrate to size
2 Attach the substrate to the cabinetry
  • Step 1. Measure and cut the substrate to size

    Cut the substrate down so that it’s slightly smaller than the cabinetry as recommended in the instructions from your stone supplier. Mark the area of the substrate that needs to be trimmed off. Then align the edges and use the circular saw to cut it to size.

  • Step 2. Attach the substrate to the cabinetry

    Place the substrate into position and screw it to the bottom cabinetry. Always attach up from the underside. This means if you ever want to remove the benchtop, you can still access the screws and fixings.  Check the length of the screws to make sure they won’t poke through the substrate. Make sure the substrate is level because stone only has a 2mm tolerance. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Protective gear
  • Straight edge
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Screws
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