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Thread: Counter Top Alignment

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan

    Counter Top Alignment

    Spent the evening with Larry yesterday taking 4 very large and heavy Jarrah countertops to final thickness on his wide belt sander in preparation of installing them and the question came up on what is the best way to align the tops. The ideas of shims, biscuits and dowels came in but what do you all think? So let me have them Attached is a jpeg of the counter top layout so ya can see how they go together. Thanks in advance
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA
    I have used this style before: McFeely's Zipbolt
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    But I would consider this: McFeely's Quickdraw
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    Either one requires some drill and router work to inset them. The second one would require some temp clamping blocks to draw it together if you countersink it.

    I think dowels would be more accurate than biscuits for a dry connection. For ease I would use biscuits if glue is involved.

    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 08-12-2010 at 04:33 PM.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    hey dan, that fastcap bracket how do you clamp it to draw it tight? and these counters are definitely heavy!!!! they are not something you can move around like a normal counter..
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  4. #4
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    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA
    I have never used that style before. But spitballing an idea I would consider drilling two 3/8" holes through the cabinet sides, temp mount some blocks to the bottom of the counter, and use nuts on all thread to draw the counter together. After securing the counter remove the all thread and blocks, plug the holes.

    Make sense? I can draw something up. Let's see, where did I put my crayons....
    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 08-12-2010 at 04:43 PM.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
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  5. #5
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Larry has a wide belt sander ....I think a road trip to Michigan is in my future
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