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Old 02-25-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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Countertop install Am I ok here?


I installed my own cabs and it was a challenge it looks good so far BUT at the end of the run I put a pantry cab. It terminates the run nicely. There were some issues with the pantry going in and for now the front looks ok but the cab is at a bit of an angle not 90 to the wall. I have a pic of the place where it meets the base cab. it's 3/8" off. I think trying to get it straight or straighter may not be super easy.

the countertop will end here at the pantry cab and it will have to be cut to a slight angle to fit. Will this be really noticeable 3/8" along a 25" countertop depth?
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Old 02-25-2012, 03:28 PM   #2
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If that's a picture of the back side it should be no big deal as long as the stiles line up on the front and look even. I would add shims when attaching to the wall. The counter top will cover it all up. Any gap from the cabinet to the wall on the end can be covered up with a piece of inside corner moulding.
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If that's a picture of the back side it should be no big deal as long as the stiles line up on the front and look even. I would add shims when attaching to the wall. The counter top will cover it all up. Any gap from the cabinet to the wall on the end can be covered up with a piece of inside corner moulding.
Here's another view so I can be sure you know the perspective. Yes the front looks fine stiles Aok. So you can see now how the cabs are set up. That place in the first photo that is where the countertop will terminate and need to be cut 3/8" on an angle, does that make sense?
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if its that far out of square then put your countertop up to it and scrib then cut it.
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if its that far out of square then put your countertop up to it and scrib then cut it.
ok thanks, yes it is 3/8" off square front to back , and that will be my next question, assuming I have a post form laminate countertop made for me the right length (I'd have it of course made the longest measurement) how do you scribe? I have heard people say this but not sure how to do.

if you have the time can you describe what I"d do in my particular case?

thanks!
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if its that far out of square then put your countertop up to it and scrib then cut it.
Yep, I second that. Either that or you have to refasten the out of square cabinet, maybe use shims to square it up as mentioned.

As to whether the scribed cut would be noticeable...maybe cut a piece of scrap-(plywood or something) that width and put it up like the counter will go, see if you notice it being out of square.
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Yep, I second that. Either that or you have to refasten the out of square cabinet, maybe use shims to square it up as mentioned.

As to whether the scribed cut would be noticeable...maybe cut a piece of scrap-(plywood or something) that width and put it up like the counter will go, see if you notice it being out of square.
great idea. I'll cut scrap and look at it.
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great idea. I'll cut scrap and look at it.
I cut a piece of drywall and I cannot notice any off squareness in the corner. Without a visual cue there is nothing to go by so my eyes just don't see it.

Lucky me. Boy this stuff is not as easy as it looks!
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glad it's working out

and in the end if you do notice it, just put your toaster there
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i use one of these http://agmetalminer.com/wp/wp-conten...mpass_450W.jpg to scrib anything. put the countertop in place. then open the compass to your 3/8"(i dont measure, i just open it to whatever i need) with the pointy side against the cabinet and run the pencil along the counter and there is your cut line. you can mark and cut to anything tightly. always just open the compass to the widest point and run it along the rest. when cutting the counter i prefer to use an electric planner going towards the back of the counter so you dont get any "blow outs" with your laminate. i get it about a 1/32" to my line then use a belt sander to finish it off.
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If you are having the tops cut--you could ask if they could make a 'side splash'--that would cover any gap without the nerve wracking task of cutting your new tops with a Skill Saw---
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If you are having the tops cut--you could ask if they could make a 'side splash'--that would cover any gap without the nerve wracking task of cutting your new tops with a Skill Saw---
oh that's an idea! Thanks!!!
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Nice looking cabinets---Are they Hickory?
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Nice looking cabinets---Are they Hickory?
Yes wild hickory
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The way it looks to Me is that the rear of the cabinet is not supposed to be tight in the corner. The front style is usually 1/8 to 1/4 proud of the cabinet side panel. If You shim the back corner out,it should square up.
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