Creating a counter is easy but so many homeowners have not discovered this. Most of them like do-it-yourself approach but they do not know how to go about it. Some find it difficult to catch up with the assembly-line speed at which every counter is built. So, I have presented 5 simple step-by-step guidelines that will enable to create your counter quickly. Let us start right away.
Step 1: Get some medium-density fiberboard substrate and cut them to size. Then add a strip along the font edge that will be covered with laminate. This will produce a 1-inch overhang that will cover the seam between the top of the cabinets and the counter.
Step 2: Apply the edge laminate first after which you trim the excess. Because the top has a curved profile on one side, it is better to use a belt sander. But on a straight top, a specialized router, called a laminate trimmer, is used.
Step 3: Next, contact cement is applied to the substrate and the cut-to-fit laminate, if it is from Formica, it should be pressed into place. Also, use a squeegee to remove air bubbles and ensure full adhesion.
Step 4: Because the field laminates are usually cut slightly larger than the counter to counter help prevent mistakes, the excess is pared flush with a laminate trimmer.
Step 5: Cutouts for the sink and cook top are made with router and template. Most fabricators keep templates for different-size sinks, though some shops prefer to make the sink cutout on site when they are installing the countertops.
Now that you have learnt how to create a counter, go ahead and do it.
Callistus Amadi is a home improvement consultant. He provides do-it-yourself home improvement tips at [http://diyhomeimprovementtips.com/]