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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:48 am 
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Hi All,

First post here, as I am about to start fitting my new kitchen in the next couple of weeks. I have a question about the worktop joins for a square edge laminate worktop from B&Q.

The kitchen is a U shape, with 2 cutouts for hob and sink. Obviously there will be 2 joins, and I am just wondering whether I can just take 600mm of laminate off the front edge where the joins are, and butt them up to each other, and connect with bolts?

If that is the case, what is the best way to remove the laminate on the front edges where the joins will be?


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gream0604 wrote:
Obviously there will be 2 joins, and I am just wondering whether I can just take 600mm of laminate off the front edge where the joins are, and butt them up to each other, and connect with bolts?

If that is the case, what is the best way to remove the laminate on the front edges where the joins will be?


I don't see why it can't be done like that if it's a true square edged top, if there's any sort of a round on it you'll need either a masons mitre (using a router and template) or joining strips.

i think the last one I did must have been 45 years ago and it was mitred across the corner, any other square edged tops I've been involved in were laminated in situ and edged afterwards.

Whichever way you do it, I think you first need to establish the precise extent of what needs to be removed and score a vertical line there.

The two options I can see from there are to trim it back with a router, or to use a hot-(ish) iron (I usually use a piece of thick paper between the iron and the laminate) and start at the furthest point from where you scored it, it should peel away and then snap where it's been scored.

If in doubt, practice on a piece of scrap first.

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Pics would help but if it's even got the slightest of chamfer then it needs a masons mitre.


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ive seen square edge tops but jointed. but tbh i still think it looks the boy with a mason mitre. however.... the old days massive inset mason mitres look shiiiiit compared to a 10mm mason mitre.

a unika jig that allows a 10mm inset is available quite cheaply


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The worktop is a B and Q edurus worktop. It wont let me post a link or pictures here??


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http://www.diy.com/departments/38mm-edu ... 527_BQ.prd

It definitely looks like a square edged top: my worry if just removing the edging would be that the trimming process when it was edged may have removed a couple of thou of the top surface - if it has, this will show up on a butt joint.

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Thanks for posting the link ayjay.

What do you mean when you say you worry about just removing the edging?


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gream0604 wrote:
Thanks for posting the link ayjay.

What do you mean when you say you worry about just removing the edging?


Removing the edging should be simple enough, it's what you might be left with afterwards that would be a worry.

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my worry - if just removing the edging - would be - that the trimming process when it was edged - may have removed a couple of thou of the top surface - if it has, this will show up on a butt joint.

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