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Sizing of Countertops
Determine the desired length of the countertop.  Make sure your measurements are accurate and allow for preferred overhang.

If a countertop is to be cut to a specific size, measure the length carefully.  Draw a heavy pencil line on the decorative laminate surface from the top of the backsplash to the front edge of the countertop.  Cover the pencil line with a transparent tape before sawing to help prevent chipping on the surface when cutting.

Use a 10 to 12 point finish handsaw for cutting.  Make sure the saw is sharp.  The cut should be made though the face of the counter (from the top) to prevent chipping of the decorative surface.  Make sure to cut only on the down stroke.

Using a belt sander or sandpaper attached to a block, sand the raw surface to remove all chipping to create a smooth surface. 

Build Up
Tack vertical and end batten strips to ends of backsplash and ends of countertop.  Use 5/8 nails for vertical strip and 1 nails for end strips.

Install Instructions (PDF)

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