Installing Cabinet End Panels in Solid Oak Kitchens
Kitchen end panels are a common component in creating solid oak kitchens with a truly ‘finished’ look. Our 27mm thick tongue and groove end panels are designed to complement our solid oak cabinets, can be used with either the tongue & groove side, or flat oak side on show, and may also be pre-painted in any of the Farrow & Ball colours available – perfect for matching our oak kitchen doors and drawer fronts.
They can either be used as a decorative trim for finishing a run of cabinets, or can alternatively cover the side of an under-counter appliance, such as a dishwasher or refrigerator.
Attaching to the end of a cabinet is relatively easy:
Start by cutting the end panel to size to perfectly match your cabinet; this can be done with a jigsaw, router or circular saw.
If you have chosen sanded oak end panels to apply your own protective treatment to, you may at this point want to treat the end panel with Rustins Danish Oil.
On the adjacent cabinet, drill 4 small pilot holes close to the four corners of the side panel.
Attach the end panel using 4 screws. If using our own 18mm thick oak cabinets we recommend using 25mm long screws with a rounded head.
If using an end panel to cover an appliance, please follow this process instead:
Cut the end panel to size using a router, jigsaw or circular saw, so that the size corresponds with the appliance you wish to fix it to.
If you have chosen sanded oak end panels, you may want to paint or treat them at this point with Rustins Danish Oil.
You can choose to attach a small, rectangular section of wood to the adjacent wall, and to the floor, then screw the end panel into this wooden block.
Alternatively, use a small metal L-bracket on the inside of the panel that will attach it to the floor and the wall. Use screws no longer than 20mm when attaching the bracket to the panel.
We do not recommend attaching the end panel directly to the appliance, as some appliances will get cold or very warm, causing the hardwood to crack.
We also suggest using a moisture barrier on the inside of the end panel to deflect excess heat and moisture.
Our oak end panels start at just £32.50, and can be purchased in a sanded, lacquered or pre-painted finish. A variety of sizes ranging from 570mm x 325mm x 18mm up to 3000mm x 620mm x 27mm are available – see our end panels product page for further details.
If you would like to get an accurate representation of the quality of the oak used to create our end panels, we recommend ordering one of our 27mm thick oak worktop samples.