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A drill being used to create screw holes to anchor down a bamboo benchtop, currently held in place with a clamp

Overview

There are a few simple steps to follow when installing a bamboo benchtop in your kitchen. We'll show you how to prepare the cabinets before you put the bench on. You'll also learn about the best tools to use and how to secure the bench in place.

Tools and materials

Steps

1Prepare to install the bamboo benchtop

Before you start, take the doors and drawers off the cabinets below where the benchtop will be. Then screw in two brackets at the top of the back panel of each cabinet. Now drill a pilot hole through the middle of the front rail of every cabinet.
Person screwing bracket into bench

2Install the bamboo benchtop

Get someone to help you position the benchtop on the cabinets. Make sure it is sitting in the right position with a uniform 20mm overhang at the front. In this case we are installing an island bench so our side overhang needs to be equal at both ends. Once you have the position right, clamp the benchtop down, drill pilot holes into the bamboo and screw it into place.
A drill being used to create screw holes to anchor down a bamboo benchtop, currently held in place with a clamp

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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