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Question DetailsAsked on 7/5/2016

When are dog leg meter cuts used

I have a free standing bar countertop , no backsplash or wall . The bar countertop is slightly larger then the rest of countertop

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Here is a link to a site with images of the different types of countertop cuts -


http://www.cuttingedgecountertops.ca/...


As you can see, the dogleg cut (which I have not seen in decades) allows for 45 degree angle cuts in from both the front and the back with different depth countertop legs. The difficulty is in doing the dogleg cut without splintering the countertop or overrunning the diagonal cuts. To be honest the only time I have seen this was with site-built laminate (veneer) and formica top, where the material being cut is very thin.


An obvious solution to avoid the dogleg cut is a non-45 degree angle cut for the intersection - so you get a normal looking intersection of the two legs, but the intersection seam of the two panels cut is not at a 45 degrere angle to each countertop leg.


Another solution I have seen much more often than the dogleg cut but also makes for a non-symetric angle cut, is a 45 degree angle cut from the back corners towards the front, which means the cut exits through the front edge of the deeper leg - then from that intersection cutting out any rounded or beveled front edge on both legs and inserting a 45 degree angled piece across the front - similar to the Lazy Susan miter, but without the diamond pattern - just inset on each side as necessary to join up with any front edge detail, with inset cut lines in the countertop in past and fancy edge (if any) then parallel to each of the countertop legs to intersect. DOES result in the leg diagonal cutoff miter seam coming in off-centered from the insert.


Talk to your countertop guy about the possibilities and what his cut capabilities are -obviously easier to do fancy cuts in laminates and formica and such than in stone, and I would imagine for a dogleg cut in stone it might have to be a factory job - and if the dogleg angle was not exactly 90 degrees due to out of true walls would require a custom cut for sure, which local stone shops in smaller cities might or might not be able to handle so might have to be factory shipped with custom cut, or purchased from or shipped to and from a large city shop that can do the custom cuts - incresing the risks of breakage enroute of course.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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