Butt and scribe kitchen worktops

Fix and tailor your kitchen worktop with the help of this easy-to-follow guide.

Level of difficulty

Level 3: Advanced

Things you’ll need

  • Screw driver
  • Power drill
  • Dust sheet
  • Hammer
  • Thin pieces of wood
  • Wood moulding
  • Sealant
  • Glue suitable for the materials you are using
  • Kitchen worktop

The steps to follow

  1. Cover your work area with a dust sheet
  2. Measure the dimensions of the kitchen worktop with a tape measure and check that it fits into the base unit
  3. With a helper, fit the worktop into the base unit. You can at this stage scribe the worktop. To scribe it, you’ll need to make sure that the ends of the worktop are aligned at the edges.  If they don’t, you’ll need to trim off the excess edges with a saw. Simply mark the protrusions at each end and take them off with a saw
  4. Apply dabs of silicone sealant to glue the joints together. Note: If you’re not sure whether the worktops are correctly aligned, you can buy scribing templates from your local DIY shop.  Place the worktop against the base unit, and push it against the wall
  5. Make sure that the worktop is secured onto the base unit with screws. If the worktop wobbles, shim it with thin pieces of wood. Apply glue to the underside of the worktop to secure the worktop completely.
  6. The overhang of the worktop should be even along the length of the base unit
  7. Mark a line 40 mm (1.6 in) from the end of the worktop and trim the marked section off
  8. To further secure the worktop to the base unit, you can drill holes in the underside of the worktop and fasten it to the base unit with screws
  9. When you’ve planted the worktop firmly on the ground and scribed it, your next step is to butt it where the joints of the scribe are joined using a metal strip
  10. Measure the length of metal strip you’ll need to butt the edges (i.e. the length of the joined area). Purchase the correct length of metal strip you need from your local DIY shop
  11. Glue the back of the metal strip with sealant
  12. Position it on the edges and press it firmly against the surface
  13. Let the sealant dry for 24 hours before using the worktop

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