Ikea is a wholesale furniture store that provides solid furniture at low prices. One of the options Ikea provides is countertops. Countertops can be purchased in three different sizes and then brought home and cut to fit your exact needs. This can be a great project for beginning wood workers and it takes on average two to three hours to complete.
Things You'll Need
- Safety glasses
- Wood working bench
- Wood clamps
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter's pencil
- Table saw
- Power rotating sander
- 90, 120, 220 grit sandpaper disks
- Edge banding
Put on your safety equipment including a mask, gloves and safety glasses.
Place the countertop on a woodworking bench and clamp it into place with wood clamps.
Measure the exact amount of wood needed for the countertop with a tape measure and mark a sketch onto the Ikea countertop with a carpenter's pencil.
Cut the wood with a table saw, following the sketch as you go. Go slow to ensure an accurate cut.
Finish off the cut edges with a power rotating sander. Begin with a 90 grit paper and sand the entire surface, removing any jagged edges. Sand again with the 120 and then with the 220 to remove all scratches. Be careful to not ruin the finish on the top of the countertop.
Apply laminate edge banding around the entire exposed edge with an iron. Simply unfold and press into position. The heat will activate the glue on the banding so that it adheres to the countertop edges.
- Photo Credit kitchen buyer image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com
How to Make a Floating Desk From an IKEA Countertop
IKEA has a large range of countertops for the kitchen, most of them between 49 and 73 inches long. However, you don’t...
How to Build a Countertop Desk
Building a countertop desk is a project that can be done in less than a day, but the results will look like...
How to Cut a Formica Countertop Edge
Formica is a form of laminate. Laminate is prone to splitting and chipping when it's cut. If you have Formica countertop that...
How to Install IKEA Wood Countertops
A wooden countertop from IKEA brings the natural beauty of wood into your kitchen. Simple to install with basic tools, the countertop...
How to Cut a Butcher Block Countertop
Butcher block counter tops lend a warm ambiance to the kitchen. Unlike laminate and tile counter tops, butcher block is easy to...