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Question DetailsAsked on 2/19/2016

How much should it cost to have a butcher block counter top cut (33709)?

I plan to purchase Ikea solid wood butcher block countertops. I can probably install them myself, but would rather have someone cut it for me. It will be two pieces to form an "L" shape, so one straight cut plus a sink cutout. I'm in zip 33709, St. Petersburg, FL and would like some idea what I can expect to be charged. A recommendation for a carpenter would also be welcomed.

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Because you need to measure/template it on-site (because walls and such arenot perpendicular or straight), it generally requires them to come out and make a template of the countertop location, then shop cutting, then coming back out to shim and install.

IF you can find one willing to do this - most top-name countertop companies will not install what they do not sell - both because it really cuts into their profit, but also because they do not want to be responsible for warranty coverage on someone else's product.

Also - they do not want to be involved (generally) with a product they did not install - because a poor installation can come back and hit them reputation wise.

A Countertop company is what you need for what you want, not a normal carpenter generally - typically about $200-350 for a template and joining cut and sink cutout, or more like $500-1000 for that and install depending partly on size of course. Bear in mind you do not need just a joining cut either - the recesses for the fastening system also should be done at the same time - because they should be used at the shop to pull it up tight to confirm the cut is straight and the joint fits up well.

Though why IKEA is beyond me - why pay premium price for something that you can get for 1/2-2/3 the price locally in brand name. After all - butcher block is an economy product, why pay premium price for it just because it has a fancy name on it ?

Be sure you do good research on this is a DIY job - both on how to install, how to accomodate potential expansion and shrinkage, and surface care and treatment - because bare wood is one of the harder products to install and care for correctly.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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