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Unread 11-04-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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3cm countertop fabrication question

I'm templating a countertop and am wondering if there's a standard set back for an undermount sink? This is a 21 inch bathroom vanity with 17x14 oval sinks.
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Jim, I don't know if there is standard size or not. Regardless of what the countertop is, I like having the facet to help me out. Sometimes the front edge of the sink has to be slid forward until it's nearly hitting the inside of the cabinet. Sometimes there is plenty room. Plus, when making room for the facet, don't forget the thickness of the backsplash.
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I don;t recall offhand if there is a "standard" value but I have a 21" top and I set the sink back about 2-1/2"" from the front. I agree with Davy that you need to look at the whole picture before making the decision such as how the faucets fit at the front and if there is anything in the vanity itself that would affect the placement. A template of the sink along with the actual faucets would help. Good tip about taking the backsplash into account.
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Not sure if there's a standard, my MIA countertop manual isn't handy. They'll typically need to rod the skinny strip in front of sink, so there is some minimum dimension they'll need.

I keep them as far forward in the cabinet as possible, even cutting cabinet backing to get it closer to the user. As others noted, the faucet location, b.s., etc are factors too.

If I were templating something small like that, I'd provide a scrap piece of plywood to the finished c.t. dimension and scribe the inside of the cabinet on it. You can also mark faucet holes for them to drill for you. Provide them the sink too. Alternately, provide them a detailed drawing with notes.
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You can hold the cabinet out from the wall if it help you with the faucet.

We are using more pop up drains with faucets, not lifter rods in the back of single handles.
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Good tips. I remember a fabricator telling me onetime what the setback was that he usually used. I'm thinking it was probably his own rule of thumb.

Anyway, I checked the things you guys mentioned so it should work... in theory.
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Just to followup on this: I ended up putting them 3.5 inches back from the front edge of the countertop. That left me with about 4.5-5 inches in the back for the faucet and splash.

I asked the fabricator if they had a standard and he said 4 inches normally. Just thought I would pass that on.
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