Milling the kitchen worktop

You can cut or mill a kitchen worktop. Milling the kitchen top is much more accurate. Below we will show you how you can mill the kitchen worktop depending on the material.

Important cut-outs in kitchen plates

A kitchen worktop is initially a full plate without holes and recesses. But in the plate different kitchen components must be used. These include at least the following three components:

  • Mixer tap (faucet)
  • Sink
  • hob

Milling is better than sawing

Until a few years ago, routers were not so widespread among do-it-yourselfers. Then the corners of the recesses to be cut had to be drilled first and then sawn, for example, with a jigsaw. A router greatly facilitates this process.

Immersion depth of the milling head

Depending on the material that makes up the kitchen top, you will need to work with different insertion depths for the milling head. For a kitchen worktop made of solid wood, the immersion depth should initially be set to a maximum of 5 mm. For price chipboards or other wood composites, you can increase the immersion depth up to 10 mm.

Preparatory work - Mark milling edges

However, the milling edges must first be marked. For a new sink or a new hob usually comes with a template. However, it will be problematic if you disassemble the old kitchen worktop and then install a new worktop. Then the old bets are often used, but there are no more templates.

The easiest way is to first turn the component over and mark the outside dimensions. Pay attention to the exact position. Then measure the overhang, ie how far the hob or sink rests. Alternatively, the specialist retailer also offers universal stencils that you can use, especially for the assembly of cake trays.

The correct milling of a kitchen worktop

Now that you have marked the milling edges, you can prepare the milling machine. Now set up the milling machine and determine the immersion depth of the milling head described above. Also, do not exceed this immersion depth in subsequent operations. Otherwise, it could happen that the milling head is damaged. With regard to the speed, refer to the table on the router or the corresponding description.

Also to consider when milling a worktop

Also, mill the kitchen worktop upside down. If you would mill the plate the other way around, the coating or surface would fray as soon as you cut through the material in the last milling pass. Therefore, do not exert too high a feed pressure on the milling machine, but let it just run smoothly.

Tips & Tricks

For kitchen worktops, there are many other jobs than milling and installation. Existing kitchen countertops need a renovation now and then. In addition, depending on the material, it may be necessary to perform certain maintenance. This includes the impregnation of kitchen worktops. For these and many other topics around countertops you will find detailed and informative guides in the house journal.

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