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post #1 of 4 Old 08-30-2013, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Cutting prefab countertops?

So I think I have asked a question on here about every phase of the cabinet build I'm going through. Hopefully this will be the last. I plan on buying a prefab countertop from one of the box stores. The kind with the Formica already glued to the particle board base and with the backsplash built in. My question is how do i cut the countertop down to the correct size? I also need to cut out a hole for a sink. I had planned on using the skil saw with a guide to cut as far as it will go and then take the piece to the miter saw to finish the cut on the backsplash. Will that work and if so what do I need to do to prevent chipping?
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I've just done this, so here are my suggestions. Make sure that the cut is made from the right side if using a circular or bandsaw, or from the wrong side if using a jigsaw, that way the cutting force is towards the laminate surface and you reduce chipping. I was also advised to put a strip of strong adhesive tape on the laminate where you plan to cut, it helps steady the edges of the cut and prevent chipping.

Fitting the edge banding is easy - assuming you have the "iron-on" variety with hot melt glue, but trimming it to the right height after is quite tricky. I suggest you practice on an offcut, I found it quite difficult. I should add that I dont have a trim router, my router is far too big and heavy to manoeuver for this kind of work, so I was trimming with a chisel. Result not bad though ! See thread "curved worktop".

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For the sink hole, use a jig saw with a down cut blade.

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Thanks. I had heard that about the tape so I'll make sure to try that also. Will also post pics when it's all complete.

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