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fit a tricky counter

Dyed, stained, and glazed, the solid birch counter is ready to be sprayed. It should go without saying that the counter will be installed to allow for movement across the grain.

You find yourself needing to fit a counter in a tricky space. The job will involve fitting one end to a wall, notching the counter around a half-wall and the jamb of a cased opening, cutting an L-shaped section to fill in a narrow gap next to the stove, and finished overhangs.

Where do you even start?

Take it one step at a time. Assess the cabinets, walls, and trim to determine critical orienting points. A complex counter fitting job involves fitting one section at a time to get an accurate read on where you’ll cut next.

Step 1

In this case, the most important edge to start with was the main overhang on the kitchen side. Like the overhang at the peninsula’s finished end (in the foreground, below), it needed to be 1 inch.

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