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match cutting laminate counters

Whats the best method and tool to match cut plastic laminate counter tops. I have a 45 degree turn and need a perfect cut.
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Whats the best method and tool to match cut plastic laminate counter tops. I have a 45 degree turn and need a perfect cut.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-10-2020, 09:39 PM
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I made one about 20 years ago ....

All I remember is I turned it upside down and it was darn near "perfect". Don't know how I got the 45 degree angle, what saw or blade I used, but it was a full pucker project.... not my counter, a friend's.


Maybe one of these videos will be helpful:
https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...er+counter+top

I did not do it this way:
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-11-2020, 09:57 AM
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A commercial countertop miter saw .....

It's essentially a rail saw with built in air clamps, power travel on the saw carriage, huge width capacity, built in routers to cut the slots for the draw bolt clamps in the underside of the top, and very precise miter stops. I ordered some post formed counter tops from a company in Detroit and got to watch them use a machine similar to this one. This is how they do it at the factory:



A home owner jig like this could be made in a 45 degree miter configuration but you'll need both a left and a right hand version:

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First, confirm you are actually dealing with 90.

I make a template using 1/4" MDF. A track saw works well for this. Make 2 templates one for each side, and dial them in either by additional cuts or a hand plane. When you're satisfied with the angles, use the templates with a pattern or flush trim bit.

Do this before laminating, that way if you screw up you haven't lost the whole thing.

If you're dealing with prepared countertops, leave extra length.

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i always made my own laminate tops. with most laminate available in 5 foot width, it's easy to eliminate or hide a joint
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Blasphemy.

Go to Lowe's or Home Depot and ask them to order the corner for you. It may be more expensive but more precise.

They may even have some pieces in stock. As in "I don't like the color, etc.

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