New Kitchen DIY : Mitring Worktops

Joining kitchen worktops is a process that is referred to as mitring. The most difficult part of installing a new kitchen is to provide new joints to worktops. Division strips are provided with all worktops, but they have a habit of collecting dust or colliding with pans when sliding across the surface.

A mitre joint can be used in its simpler form. This is called a mason’s mitre. The mason’s mitre is better to fit if you do not want to waste a large amount of marble for a mitre joint. Mark both worktops at the very top and roll to measure your angle to be cut. You will also have to cut the ends off of your worktops. The ends of your worktops will not be squared. Use a carpenter’s square to make sure your cut has been done evenly.

When you are ready to cut, use a fine tooth saw. The best results will be achieved by holding the saw at the shallow angle. Cut away from the roll of your worktop toward the centre and place your saw very carefully for the initial stroke.

The edge of the cut joint can be smoothed out with very fine sandpaper. Be sure to use a downward stroke with the sandpaper. Use PVA adhesive or silicone mastic on the joint. The worktop can be fixed together, using a T-bracket. If you did not manage a perfect worktop, colour fillers can be used on this DIY project.

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