How to Build Solid Hardwood Countertop Edges How to Build Solid Hardwood Countertop Edges

What You'll Need
Hardwood strips
Saw (optional)
Wood glue
Tape measure
Stain, paint, or varnish
An assistant

Solid hardwood countertop edges can give your countertops a new look without spending the money to install hardwood counters entirely. Most people opt to use edging that matches their cabinetry when they want a more refined look in the room. It's simple to create basic edging as long as you have a few tools and a weekend to work.

Step 1 - Measure the Counters

Measure the counters you are installing from end to end. Add at least 2 inches to this total to allow for potential waste. Write down the measurement of each countertop you are working on and purchase the hardwood strips. You can purchase strips at any lumber yard or home improvement store. Most often they will also cut these to size for you if you can't cut them to size at home.

Step 2 - Finish the Edges

Paint, stain or varnish the edging to match the look you are wanting to achieve. Most people will choose to just stain and then protect the stain with a varnish to keep the hardwood look.

Step 3 - Line It Up

Have your assistant help you with this step. Place the wood glue on the back of the hardwood strip and line it up evenly all across. Once you know the placement is correct you can press the strip against the edge of the counter. Keep pressure applied for a few minutes, then use the clamps to secure the strip to the counter. Wait at least 24 hours before you remove the clamps.

Step 4 - Finishing Touches

Cut back any excess material and sand the edges to make a smooth corner. Add any decorative touches you want at this point.

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