We are getting a 1 1/4" granite countertop installed, and I have a feeling we are going to have to reinforce our base cabinets. The construction is thus: 1/2" particle board sides and back and 3/4" solid Oak face- probably the cheapest possible builder supplied cabinets? The oak face looks like it has only been tacked to the rest of the cabinets with brads. I dont think they have been attached to each other real tight, I couldnt see the screws, unless they are hidden or something. Will such cabinets support the granite? What do I need to fo to reinforce them? I have a 8' straight run, a 2'-4"x 3'-10" "L" and a 6' long island.
My next question is, we plan to raise the bar area a few inches off the island surface and were planing to support the granite with a 2x4 wall. Do I need to pin this wall to the cabinets supporting the island? Also, when I attach the wall to the floor boards, do I use nails or screws, and how many at each point? This wall is also L shaped, will it be self supporting? What Can I do to prevent it from toppling over, like someone had asked earlier? THe granite over hang will be supported by brackets.
We are already way over budget with the granite and would like to reinforce the cabinets and build the support wall ourselves. I had taken a carpentry class with the carpenters union in Pittsburgh, so I am fairly confident I can do this.
Any help would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks and have a great weekend.