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artlover13060 09-05-2010 06:03 AM

How to support counter top
 
I am converting a closet into a dry bar in my new basement media room. The countertop material is 1 1/2" laminate covered particle board - a flat slab not the type with the overhang and backsplash. I want to install the counter across the width of the closet, which is 38". There will not be cabinets below the counter so I have to build some sort of support for the counter. I plan to put a support piece across the back and one on each side. Do I need to put supports across the center? The counter won't have to support much weight - just a small microwave and a space to pour drinks. i guess what I'm really asking is if the particle board will sag in the center without support.

Hope this makes sense.

Just Bill 09-05-2010 07:06 AM

Yes, it will sag over time without support. But a simple knee bracket or an 'L' bracket at midpoint should be sufficient.

jlhaslip 09-05-2010 09:15 AM

if there is no room for a knee brace, the front edge can be stiffened with a strip of wood being screwed to the underside.
An 'L' shaped piece might be better, or an angle iron???

WirelessG 09-05-2010 12:47 PM

You could glue a couple 2x4's to the underside of the countertop to stiffen it.

artlover13060 09-05-2010 03:35 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. The back wall under the place where the counter is going is a crawl space, so there isn't anything to attach a knee brace to, but I can run and extra piece or two across the width to stiffen it.

Ron6519 09-05-2010 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by artlover13060 (Post 496336)
Thanks for the suggestions. The back wall under the place where the counter is going is a crawl space, so there isn't anything to attach a knee brace to, but I can run and extra piece or two across the width to stiffen it.

How deep is this shelf? The type of support would depend on the over all size. People tend to lean on these things, you need to take that into consideration.
Ron

BigJim 09-05-2010 06:47 PM

I have used a 1X4 edgewise set back from the front of the top about 1 1/4 inches sort of like an apron. If you attach 1X4s to the walls on each end you can attach the apron (1X4) to them as an anchor. If you stain the 1X4 it looks good and will support your top.

buletbob 08-05-2011 05:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jiju1943 (Post 496430)
I have used a 1X4 edgewise set back from the front of the top about 1 1/4 inches sort of like an apron. If you attach 1X4s to the walls on each end you can attach the apron (1X4) to them as an anchor. If you stain the 1X4 it looks good and will support your top.

X2 :thumbsup:


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