- Kitchen worktops: What happens during a kitchen worktop template? (Part 1)
- Kitchen worktops: What happens during the worktop cutting process? (Part 2)
- Kitchen worktops: What happens when fitting kitchen worktops? (Part 3)
In part one of this 3 part series, we outlined the process for templating kitchen worktops. Within this post we will detail the next stage of the worktop fit process. This is the cutting of kitchen worktop slabs to match the templated dimensions.
1) Before the factory’s worktop cutting can begin, the first course of action is to gather together all of the worktop template sheets relating to the client (in this case, 4 of 4 template sheets).
The worktop fitters will then source the best suited slab to use for the client’s kitchen within their chosen worktop finish. Where possible they seek to find a piece that will allow all required cuts from one single slab. This is beneficial for both supplier and client as it minimises production cost, and ensures a continuity of colour and pattern. Otherwise, very slight discrepancies may occur within the tone and pattern of different slabs.
2) Once a suitable slab is found, it is carefully positioned on the worktop cutting saw. One template sheet at a time is laid over the top. All sides are measured to ensure the exact dimensions, and the overlay is then weighed down to keep it in place.
3) The saw is then lined up, meeting the edges of the template to ensure a precise cut.
Cutting the worktop slabs results in one of two outcomes: 1) If possible, a slab will be cut to the exact dimensions required. 2) There may be a resulting section(s) with smaller angles the saw cannot reach and which consequently need to be cut by hand.
4) Following the worktop cutting, the next step is to run the worktop slab through the polisher on its longest edge, and then chamfer all edges by hand according to the preferred design. This produces a great quality surface finish.
7) Worktop drainer grooves are ground into the sink area, before repeating the polishing process. These grooves can also be done in a variety of patterns. Alternatively, you can have a sloped draining board, which is created by cutting a section out next to the sink in the desired shape. This piece is then put back in at an angle, with the excess ground off the bottom.
Part 3 of this series on Fitting kitchen worktops will be published on 06/08/2015. In the meantime if you have any questions or need help with kitchen planning please contact us.