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How To Install A Countertops In An Unsquare Corner Scribe

  • Listed: March 5, 2019 7:10 am

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If scribing is needed, it should always done on the countertop before tile or plastic laminate is installed.

You will see that one side is touching the wall and one side has a gap. The knife side of the scribe tool should be against the wall with the pencil on the countertop. If your cut is not perfect, or a bit rough, it won’t matter. If it doesn’t fit tight into the corner, reset the scribe tool to 1/16 inch.When using a circular saw, always be aware of possible kick-back.

If your countertop won’t fit into the corner, you can make it fit with a scribe tool and a circular saw. They are used to transfer the line of the wall to the particleboard or plywood countertop. Scribe tools are small, handheld devices that resemble compasses. Separate the two by 1/8 inch and turn the wing nut at the top to lock it. Slide the scribe tool along the wall, allowing the pencil to transfer the line of the wall to the countertop.


Scribemate Tool For Scribing Countertops Between Walls | Duration 2 Minutes 39 Seconds

The particleboard or plywood countertop serves as a template for subsequent coverings of tile or laminate. Rescribe and cut again until it fits perfectly into the corner.

Scribing A Template To Fit A Countertop Between Three Walls by woodweb.com



The advice was to create a template (no matter the size) and use splines at the joints. Lay the completed template on your countertop, mark and cut. Once back wall has been laid out, remove shims, center the template between two walls and clamp in place with 2″ spring clamps. With a marker, draw a line marking the overhang all the way around.

If appropriate, put the person’s name who templated it on it, in case the person templating is not the same person fabricating the top in case there are any questions. Even a little mistake on the angle or on the cut will damage the finish. Are you asking if the top can be templated to fit or are you asking if the top can be cut without damage to the finish?

One step that may have been left out is that it is sometimes better to build your template raised the thickness of the top so that you are actually making the template at the top of the countertop plane. I tend to use down cutting jigsaw blades and stay outside of the line. I have done some pretty tough-looking jobs with this – even fit a top between 4 walls. Set scribe should be about 1/2 so it touches the line in front. Maybe silicone caulk for glue, we just screw through predrilled holes 3/16. This allows us to remove them to fit the back wall and when in place, 1/32 on each end is not noticeable. This works on plam windowsill also, but then we fit them as tight as possible and caulk. The thing to remember is that we had brand new cardboard that was completely flat and crisp. My client’s wall was pretty bad and needed quite a bit of scribing. Usually the walls are straight enough that it is just a matter of finding the angles and using straight sticks, but if there are bows or curves, it is easy to shape the template material to match with a belt sander or jigsaw and then hot glue the stick into the template.

image How to Install a Countertops in An Unsquare Corner Scribe

The plastic doesn’t leave any black/grey marks on the wall like the sheet metal could. They lay the cardboard in place, letting it overlap where needed, glue it together, then fold it up and take it back to the shop to fabricate the counter. Screw or hot-glue luan strips past the cabinet line to edge of countertop. If appropriate, put the person’s name who templated it on it, in case the person templating is not the same person fabricating the top, in case there are any questions. Once the template is in place, take 4′ material the same thickness as countertop overhang, and place against cabinet face. Back at the shop, use a straight-edge and knife to trim excess off of edge and knife to trim scribe of back wall. If the person installing is not the person templating, make notes as to best angle for install. I have run into situations where a countertop just can’t be made to fit without a joint. As far as cutting the material goes, the proper blade should be used and the top protected from the tool base as it rides on it. I then use a belt sander to creep up to the line with the belt turning into the stock so as not to cause any flakes or chips. The system is easy to do and the results just don’t get any better – it looks like the top grew there.



Quickscribe Scribing Tool For Carpenters & Installers Of Cabinets & Countertops | Duration 2 Minutes 12 Seconds

Lay the two pieces in the space tight against the walls and mark one piece where they overlap at the center. If good, measure front and back between walls, transfer measurements onto wood top front and back, hold end of top that was fit already up in air with uncut end to wall.

We make the tops 1/16 smaller in length when we fit them.

We enjoy doing this type of top to see how good we can get them. Once you figure your method out, it’s enjoyable to see how nice they turn out.

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The device’s adjustable grip locks standard-size pencils tightly in place. The unit’s articulating pencil head increases flexibility for scribing over a wide variety of materials and textures. A handy storage clip for the compass point ensures optimal safety and longer compass life. The tool collapses to a compact size to take up less room in the toolbox. An additional set screw seating into chamfered detents on a captive pin would be a big step up in usability. I have two major gripes: 1.) the pencil holding mechanism (a sleeve and a corresponding knob) is overly complex and the sleeve too tight. They’re onto something good here, but they need to trim the fat from this product and improve on its strengths. No matter how much you tighten the screws it still opens and closes. No matter how tight it is the pencil still slides when you put presure on it. But a simple one with a wingnut to tighten it down, half the price or less and it works. I didn’t understand how to use a scribe at first, but quickly got the hang of how to trace out irregular shapes and transfer them to templates. This is definitely a must learn skill if you are doing carpentry. A removable compass point makes it easy to scribe circles and circular patterns.Worst off though is that it seems cheap and plasticky, and it’s stiff when you need to adjust it. It was very easy to loose the brass knurled knobs or carriage bolts. At times the three knobs make it overly complex for quick work. However, this tool can provide more accuracy at times with its generous flat reference surface. It is also worth noting that the pencil sharpener is practically useless. I didn’t try it with a sharpie but who cares if nothing else works on it.



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I recommend taking a look at online videos for scribing techniques to get the most out of the tool. I don’t have the experience of someone that does this everyday, but coming from an intermediate wood worker it has worked well for me.

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