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What is the best tool to use to cut pre finished wall board (bead board)?

USING BEAD BOARD TO COVER WALLS IN DINING AREA, PREFINISHED WHITE. NEED TO CUT AND WANT TO MAKE CLEAN EDGE FOR SEAMS IN WALL. HOW OR WHAT IS THE BEST TOOL TO USE TO CUT THE WALL BOARD?
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Posted 2015-03-16T02:45:19+0000  by DDP DDP
 

Hi DDP, thanks for joining the community. Good question. I have bead board in individual pieces that were cut and attached together to make a one piece wall. I used a table saw with a 10 X 80 tooth carbide blade. The carbide blade gave a smooth finish cut, leaving very little that needed sanding.

However if you're cutting a very thin panel type bead board you might want to use a plywood blade. This type of blade has many teeth, such as 10 inch diameter by 200. This blade with all it's teeth help reduce splintering of plywood . You can use either one and get a very nice finish piece of bead board.

Thanks again for joining the community and look forward to helping you with future projects.

Posted 2015-03-16T17:37:06+0000  by Ken_HD_OC
In addition to Ken's outstanding suggestion, DDP, you'll make less friction against the side of the saw blade if you set the blade depth about 1/4-inch deeper than the panel thickness.

This will result in less splintering as you cut.

Posted 2015-03-24T20:41:19+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
 In trying to avoid splintering along the cut line, it is often helpful to tape on both sides of the cut line and  then saw through the tape. Also, always cut with the blade cutting downward on the finished side. Any "tear out" will then be on the unsheen backside.
Posted 2015-04-02T01:17:58+0000  by ordjen
 
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