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How to secure quartz countertop to IKEA base cabinet

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I am in the process of assembling an Ikea Sektion base cabinet in my kitchen with the intention to use it as a breakfast bar / island. I plan to use 3cm thick quartz as the countertop. My question is, how do I secure the quartz countertop to the base cabinet? The base cabinet is made of MDF and there are thin metal strips bracing it together. Is it a type of glue that I use? Will the countertop stick to the MDF and metal braces or do I have to mount a piece of plywood on top first? Thanks
 
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Old 04-08-19, 11:47 AM
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Generally they use silicon to attach!
 
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I would use silicone caulk but you can also use an adhesive if you wish. I like to first set the counter in place then look at it from below to see how much gap there is between the cabinet and counter. Then when you caulk make sure you bead is big enough to bridge the gap.
 
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So no need for a piece of plywood? And you would put silicone right on the metal and MDF?
 
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They also make marble and granite adhesive. You apply dollops of adhesive to the surface... the size of a dime is enough... 8 to 12" apart. IMO, every 12" is plenty. No need to go crazy. If you do, you are just going to destroy the cabinets if/when the counter ever needs to be removed/ replaced.
 
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So no need for a piece of plywood?
No, the countertop can support itself!
 
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Yes I realize that the countertop can support itself, I was just wondering if the silicone will adhere to the metal strips on my base cabinet.
 
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If it's clean and not oily silicone will stick. Your not looking for a massive amount of adhesion. You just want it stuck well enough that it doesn't wobble and doesn't move if bumped. The weight of the top will do most of the work holding it in place.
 
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