Before installing your countertops, there are a few things to know.
- No glues, epoxies, or construction adhesives should be used when installing the countertops. This will interfere with the natural movement of the hardwood that can lead to warping and cracking of the top.
- Once you receive the countertop, unwrap it then store flat and lifted off the ground. It’s best to do this in the area where it will be installed to give the butcher block time to acclimate to the conditions in your house for 3-5 days.
- To make the project easier, remove all doors and drawers from the cabinet bases so they don’t get damaged while installing the top. We also recommend removing the sink and appliances, if possible.
- Use the guidelines below to install your countertops. Additionally, we recommend that you consult a professional to ensure proper installation.
- If your cabinets have open tops: Install blocking to create a surface that you can attach your butcher block countertop to. Use a quality grade of 3/4" plywood or 1x stock boards to do this. Install the blocking flush with your cabinet tops by first drilling pilot holes at an angle through the blocking and then screwing the blocking to your cabinets making sure to use properly sized screws so that you don't screw all the way through your cabinet wall.
- If your cabinets have closed tops: Install furring strips. Use 1/4" plywood and cut these strips 2" shorter than the cabinet depth. Repeat every 12"-16". You can install these strips with kitchen and bath sealant. This provides a little air space and prevents cupping over time in humid environments or in environments with varied climates.
- It should be located along the edge of your piece. This includes any corners and should be repeated every 24” along the length and width.
- The hole that you drill in each installation point should be 1/8” larger than the screw threads itself. This allows the wood to expand and contract as needed.
Attaching the Top
- Pre-drill into the countertop making sure to mark your depth so as not to drill all the way through your butcher block.
- The hole that you drill should be 1/8” smaller than the screw threads itself.
- Position your countertop so that all holes line up, then install screws.
- Tighten screws only to the point where they put the countertop flush with the cabinet base. Do not over-tighten. This will prevent the wood from moving as needed.
Still have Questions?
We are here to help! We highly suggestion using a professional contractor to install your new countertops and islands. However, we will do our best to guide you through the process if you choose to do it yourself.
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