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#1 posted 08-05-2016 10:32 PM


If your top is 1-1/2” or more thick cantilevered no more than 14” I doubt any support would be required. However, I would personally feel more confident if the cantilever is supported at each end, mainly to reduce any stress of the cabinet fasteners holding the top in place. If it is really long a center support could also be a good idea. If unsure about center supports, you could install the top making provision for additional support, as JDCrae is planning to do, and then add the additional support if the test of time demonstrates the necessity.

Changing the orientation of the top would increase resistance to splitting along the grain lines. Otherwise I am not sure any more strength would be imparted.

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