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HOW TO CUT LAMINATE COUNTER TOP?

ANY TIPS FOR CUTTING LAMINATE COUNTER TOPS??  JUST STRAIGHT LINES NO ANGELS. 

 

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Posted 2013-07-18T05:44:24+0000  by AHARMEYER AHARMEYER
 

I'm going to assume you are going to use a circular saw.  The tricky part is the backsplash because it exceeds the depth of cut of most circular saws and it's pretty narrow to balance a saw on.  Best you can do is measure carefully, very carefully.  If you don't think you can hit the backsplash dead on, leave it a touch long and sand it down with a belt sander.

 

Beyond that, a good quality blade of at least 40 teeth.  Cut with the laminte side DOWN.  Chip out with a circular saw occurs on the top of the workpiece.  Use a clamp-on straight edge or the factory edge of a sheet of plywood, particleboard or MDF.

Posted 2013-07-18T06:09:42+0000  by Adam444

Place the countertop on a sawhorse. The actual countertop should lie on top of the sawhorse.

 

The backsplash should be positioned perpendicular to the floor. The back side of the countertop should be facing up.

 

Ensure that the sawhorse is high enough so that the backsplash does not touch the ground. Now time for a jig.

 

A jig is a straight piece of wood or metal that helps you cut straight when sawing. You can use an old piece of wood as a jig. The jig should lie on the portion of the backsplash that you will keep

 

Place a jig along the line that you want to cut. The jig should lie on the portion of the countertop that you will keep.Hold the jig with one hand against the portion of the countertop that you will keep.

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Have an assistant hold the section of the countertop that will come off. Allowing the cut portion of the countertop to dangle or split off on its own may mar or disfigure the rest of the countertop. Use a circular saw with the other hand to cut along the marked line.

 

Finally, go over the cut edges with sandpaper. Smooth away any splinters or uneven areas along the edges.

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Happy Cutting,

Posted 2013-07-18T17:37:54+0000  by Dave_HD_OC

Good point about the edges of freshly cut laminate, which can be razor sharp.  They need to be eased, I'd use a file but sandpaper would work as well with a little care.  I could see that lamine edge doing right through a single layer of sandpaper if someone pressed too hard.  A sanding block might be a better idea.

Posted 2013-07-19T06:02:33+0000  by Adam444
 
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