How to Build Covered Wood Countertop Edges How to Build Covered Wood Countertop Edges
Countertop edges add the perfect finishing touch to the countertop you built. They create a neat look, as well as protects against the risks that are involved if the countertop edge is sharp and uncovered. Any countertop can be fitted with an edge made from wood so as to secure its perimeter and make it blend with the countertop in your kitchen. There are edges that can be set against countertops with rounded corners, symmetrical corners or any abstract design. The project is simple and can be done in a short span of time.
Step 1: Measuring
Carefully note all the dimensions of the countertop. The length and breadth of the edges must be taken down after checking twice. Buy a block of wooden molding meant for making countertop edges. On this, make pencil marks of the dimensions of the edges you measured.
Step 2: Cutting
Set the blade of the miter saw to a 90 degree angle. Align the blade against the wood molding block and carefully cut along the marks made. Make sure that the cut is neat. Check if any part needs to be trimmed up or smoothed to remove rough portions or extra inches. The angles of the sides of the countertop edges must coincide at a particular corner.
Step 3: Dry Fitting
Take one edge piece you sawed and align it against the actual edge of the existing countertop. It must perfectly fit over the countertop edge and their dimensions must be exactly the same. It is necessary that you check if the edge covers fit in correctly, or else they would serve no real purpose.
Step 4: Installing
Coat the inner surface areas of the wood molding edge with generous doses of wood adhesive. Finally, place it over the kitchen countertop edge as you did in the above step and press it firmly so that it sticks snugly. Make sure that the molding cover edge sits well on the countertop corner. Repeat this procedure on the other corner too.
Step 5: Setting up
Leave this set up to dry for a few hours and then measure the length of the molding edges. Mark out points at every 6 inches of distance or gaps along the edge length with a pencil. At these marked points, hammer in drywall nails so that they are 1 1/4 inches deep below the edge’s outer surface. In places that you see any holes, use flattened putty and apply it over the holed parts so that it gets covered up. Scrape off the excess putty with a utility knife.
Step 6: Final Steps
Once the putty dries up, take medium grit sandpaper and roughen up the molding edges of the countertop thoroughly. Keep sanding until a smooth texture is achieved. You can choose to apply a layer of wood varnish or stain on the edges.