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We're replacing particleboard/laminate countertops and a metal drop in sink with butcher block and a dropin apron sink, the Sinkology Josephine.

All of the articles I see about adding an apron sink talk about building additional framing in the cabinet to support the weight, but these are all undermount sinks. Our sink is designed to sit on top, with a flange that rests on the edge of the counter cutout on three sides. The install instructions don't mention any extra frame, but they're not very good either, and not specific to our sink.

The cabinets seem sturdy and in good condition, but the sides are chipboard, which concerns me a little. However, the sink load will be supported by a wide area of countertop, spread across several feet on either side. On the other hand, this sink is over 100lbs empty.

Do you think the cabinets can support the weight?

Do you think the sink flange can support the weight?

  • If my description doesn't make sense, I'm happy to add any pictures or measurements needed. Picture of the intended sink look is in the link. – nexus_2006 Apr 26 at 15:31
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Does over-mount fire-clay apron sink need additional framing to support the weight?

YES ERR on the side of caution and add support to your cabinets.

The sink you have linked to shows the counter running under the edge of the sink. This not structural support, the structural support is provided by the cabinet side that should be directly below that edge. You should not have a counter that is floating or cantilevered out over the edge of the cabinet as this would not provide enough support for the sink, you would need to add structural support under that edge to insure proper support.

Is your cabinet the appropriate size for this sink ?

It is critical that the support, cabinet or cabinet with added ledger board, be sized correctly. I.E. the space from side to side must be exactly what the manufacturer states in the specs for installation.

The PFD installation instructions for your sink say -

" 4. Sinkology farmhouse sinks are considered fully support when ¾” inch or more of the rim is supported on three sides".

If your cabinet does not have ¾” inch side panels you can had some material to get it to the correct thickness, Use construction adhesive and screws to attach.

Once the sink opening is the correct size the counter is then cut to size, or manufactured, and installed then the sink can be installed.

Concerning the back support for the sink, ledger board, the PFD on your sink does not tell me about the back of the sink. You need to make sure the ledger board on the back of the cabinet is at the correct height for the sink to sit on. I would assume that that will be the the same height as the counter that the sides of the sink are sitting on but that may not be the case. If that is the case then the back wall of the cabinet is not going to be that height so you ad a ledger board that will sit up above the top edge of the back panel to the correct height, A 1x4 should be good as only an inch or less will be above the top of the panel leaving plenty of board to glue and screw to the panel.

Since this is against the wall, if you could screw into the studs that would be best but you need to know where the studs are and where the plumbing and electrical are so you do not screw into them.

  • I ended up calling Sinkology support. They confirmed that 3/4" support around the rim was sufficient for the sink and that no bracing underneath was necessary - that's only for their undermount sinks. – nexus_2006 May 21 at 17:03
  • I did cut plywood doublers and attach to the side walls of the cabinet with screwed, I'm certain this more than doubles the strength of the cabinet walls. – nexus_2006 May 21 at 17:04
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Nice sink!

Yes! You must build a frame to support the weight of the sink and not rely on the adjacent cabinet sides and countertop. That sink empty weighs over 100 pounds and if it were full of water the weight would be nearly 280-300 pounds. The front of the cupboard will have to be cut away, too--which further weakens the side's ability to support heavy weights.

The fact that it's a "drop in" sink as opposed to an "undermount" sink is really only significant when replacing a sink in an existing countertop. Using a "drop in" sink saves you all the hassle of making the edge of the countertop look pretty around your new sink.

You'll want to build a "box" or frame for the sink to sit on and transfer the weight evenly to the surrounding cabinet sides and floor.

The Sinkology website has pretty good, illustrated instructions regarding how to install fireclay farmhouse sinks available. Looking them over, I'd highly recommend following this technique. I've used very similar approaches in the past and that's exactly "how to do it". Strongly recommend this approach.

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