Solid Wood Worktops
Below is a question sent to me that comes up quite often so below is the question and my reply to it.
Firstly I’d like to say thanks for the tips and the videos. They really are great. Also good to hear the local accent (I’m just down the road in Plymouth).
I have had conflicting advice about the solid wood (oak) worktops that I have. I was going to join them using a masons mitre as your video showed but then I realised you were fitting laminate tops.
I have been advised that my worktops should just be butted together with no cut-outs. The instructions that came with the tops just say "butt together" but this could be taken to mean either! I’m a bit confused.
Hope you can advise.
My answer to Mark was as follows:-
The wooden worktops can be done with a masons mitre but why bother and it does not look as good.
Just go with a straightforward butt joint.
I always run the router cutter along the edge of the female joint, just a millimetre or so. Take of just enough to clean up the edge to ensure a nice, flat, clean edge to join to.
Imagine your wooden worktop is a laminate worktop in regards to which way to machine the joint so that when cutting the female side of the joint the jig is usually on top the worktop when you are working around from the left and the jig is on the underneath of the worktop when cutting the male cut.
You can still use silicone on the joint but I would strongly advise you to use glue called Cascamite, some call it one shot. This is a urea type of resin glue, which will have a better chance of withstanding the stresses and movement of solid worktops.
I hope this helps. If you need any more info please feel free to get back to me.
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