I'm installing a prefab formica counter top with an integral backsplash and
bullnose front. The mitered tops assembled square, but I'm stuck with a
problem. The scribing strip is only 3/8", and my walls are about 5/8" out of
square over the length.
The right countertop is 70" and will have the end visible from the room. The
left is 54" and the edge will be next to a fridge.
So, what I'm thinking of doing is to use the scribing strip to get the right
top flush to the wall. I think since the out-of-squareness will swing the
shorter countertop out less, and since the shorter top will have its edge
hidden, any errors should be on the shorter side.
Since I don't think I have enough scribe area to fix this problem, I'm
thinking of putting a corner round on top of the backsplash to hide the
Comments or advice?
Lastly, I don't own a belt sander. What other ways could I go about
removing material from the scribe area? I do have decent tool collection,
just no belt sander.
I would rework the miter using coarse sand paper on a wood block -
no, I would use my belt sander and finish with the wood block.
You don't need much change in the miter to get closer to the
Use the scribe strip for minor in and out variations in the wall
surface. A jig saw and a coarse sanding belt wrapped on a board
or dowel makes a slow substitute for a belt sander. No one to
1/4 round or wide caulk joints can make the job look a bit
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Yeah, I'd read a couple older posts that recommended not doing that, since
it's hard to get the miter correct, so I went and glued up the sides last
night, figuring it'd at least give me a more stable reference. So, redoing
the miter isn't an option, unless I buy two more tops and use these for a
very long, backsplashed router table. :)
Yeah, I got that to deal with, too. The longer wall humps out about 1/4".
The shorter one about 1/16" near a stud.
Eh, I just went out and bought one. It's the wife's project, so she's not
protesting when I score tools for it.
I hear ya. I'll avoid briding the gap with caulk, and I'll get things as
close as I can adjusting the scoring strip, but I think I'm going to have to
use something as a cover here. I might go with a nicer trim than quarter
round. I've got some I'm putting around the kickplate. Those'll be black. I
might use the same trim, in white, around the backsplash, since we have a
pretty prevalent black-n-white theme. If it ends up looking amateurish then,
well, at least everyone will know I did it myself. ;)
Thanks for the help! It turned out ok, without the need for trim. I was able
to jigsaw/beltsand well enough to get it within acceptable caulk-tolerance.
What I didn't account for in my original post is that I had two 3/8" strips
to work with, and 5/8" of error to account for. 3/8 + 3/8 = 6/8. I just
took my time, was careful, and went through more test-fits that I'd
bargained for. I did take nearly all the scribe area off in one part, but
that's in the far corner and does not look bad at all. I'm sure I'll stare
at it for the next 20 years and think "Damn" but I'll be the only one.
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