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Old 10-17-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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I have an L shape piece of countertop that I am replacing. The long side is about 9' and the short about 3'. I have a lazy susan in the corner so the I can't get to the bottom of the countertop in the corner. I can take the parts of it out, but it has a top that I can't seemed to get out. So I was going to assemble mitered joint, and then install the countertop as one piece. For the adhesive I was going to use Titebond III (it is waterproof). But I was wondering what is the best method to hold the two pieces level while assembling. I have two plastic saw horses, should I go buy two more so they will all be the same height and then use shims if necessary to get things level before tightening the countertop miter bolts. Thanks for any suggestions.

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They sell bolts for this application. You route out the underside to receive the bolts and you tighten them up with the seam aligned properly.
They do double duty as clamps and mechanical fasteners.

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Thanks. I was planning on using those bolts, but I guess I just didn't see how they would make the two pieces align together vertically. It just looks like they would pull the two pieces together. I guess my question was, what is the best way to hold/stabilize these two pieces of countertop while I am aligning it and pulling them together with these bolts?

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Thanks. I was planning on using those bolts, but I guess I just didn't see how they would make the two pieces align together vertically. It just looks like they would pull the two pieces together. I guess my question was, what is the best way to hold/stabilize these two pieces of countertop while I am aligning it and pulling them together with these bolts?
Put the counter on a flat, fully supported surface.
Put the good side up when you do it so you can verify they're in the same plane(flat from side to side).
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Snug the bolts but not tight. Use a rubber mallet to gently adjust the alignment and then tighten the bolts tight.
Biscuits and glue will also help with the alignment.

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