How to Build an Apron Front Farmhouse Sink

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  • 3-5 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 275-800
What You'll Need
Sink base
3 pieces of 2 by 4 inch bracing
Silicone sealant
Plywood (3/4 inch)
Circular saw (laser beam),
Tape measure
Painters tape
Wood screws

Apron front sinks are called farmhouse sinks because of their classic look and the panel in the front. Farmhouse sinks are larger and deeper than the average kitchen sink. Back in the day, so many larger pots and pans were used at once; apron front sinks were designed to be large enough to accommodate them. These sinks also have an open front that displays their depths. Farmhouse sinks come in many different finishes and metal types. They fit well with various color schemes. Building a farmhouse sink is not a hard job if you are a good handyman. Follow these steps and use these tools to complete to install a farmhouse sink in your home.

Step 1 - Cutting the Counter

The sink’s width will need to be measured to see how much of the countertop, if any, will need to be cut to fit. Another option is to have the counter cut to the correct measurements by a professional.

Step 2 - Create a Template for the Farmhouse Sink

You can trace the farmhouse sink’s outline on a piece of cardstock board. Tape the cardboard around the corners of the sink and use a pencil to trace it. Use the template the same way you would use a stencil by placing it on to the sink. Doing so will ensure that the lines you traced will match perfectly. Use painter’s tape to tape the template in place on the front of the cabinet.

Step 3 - Cutting the Cabinet

Once you have taped the template that you created securely onto the cabinet, use a jigsaw to cut the cabinet along the template’s outline. If you have a laser beam circular saw, use it to cut along the edges. The curves can be cut with the jigsaw. Once you have cut the cabinet, sand its edges. Sanding will also remove marks that have been left from sawing.

Step 4 - Measuring and Building the Plywood Platform

To build the platform, you must first measure both the sides and back of the cabinet opening. Cut the 2x4-inch wood so that it fits on the inside of that opening. Use wood screws to secure them in place. The inside of the cabinet opening will need to be measured so that the faucets and any plumbing can be accommodated. The plywood platform will depend on this measurement. Cut the .75-inch plywood to measure the inside of the cabinet opening measurements. This structure will be the platform on which the sink rests. Holes should be cut for the drain lines.

Step 5 - Secure the Platform and Install the Farmhouse Sink

Drive screws into the platform to attach it to the bracing. Set your farmhouse sink down into the opening. Put silicone sealant on each of the sink’s corners. Be sure that no loose sealant has come out from where the sink meets the counter. You have just built your own apron front farmhouse sink.