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CUTTING FORMICA COUNTERTOP CHIP-FREE CIRCULAR OR JIG SAW
EXAMPLES OF CUTS

     

These are notes and Photo Examples from our fairly successful efforts of Cutting Formica Countertop Chip-Free Circular Or Jig Saw
Examples

 

         


 

HOW DO YOU MAKE 'CHIP FREE' CUTS IN LAMINATE / FORMICA COUNTER TOPS?

THESE ARE PHOTO EXAMPLES OF CUTS WE MADE TO A FORMICA COUNTERTOP TO DETERMINE WHICH METHOD WOULD WORK FOR US TO FINISH OFF THE  'END' PRIOR TO INSTALLING THE FORMICA END-TRIM

We had either a 'Jig Saw' or a 'Circular Saw' to utilize (yes, we had Table Saws (both Large / 10" belt drive, Old Shooool, 200lb Craftsman, and a portable Delta 10" Direct Drive, a 12" Hitachi Miter Saw (non-sliding), and a 10" Radial Arm Saw, but none of them were large enough to cut the entire depth of the counter top in 'one pass'. We utilized Jig Saw and Circular blades that we already owned, and also purchased some 'finer toothed' blades for both, as well as 'Reverse Toothed' blades for the Jig Saw, that were specifically for cutting Formica / Laminate counter tops . We did combinations of cuts with both saws with different blades. Some were cut from the 'finish' side, some were cut from the 'back / un-finished' side. Some were covered with masking / duct tape first, some were not. The photos should sufficiently explain how each cut was made and show the results.     
             

 
 

 In the end, we used the circular saw with a '40-tooth' blade. We choose the circular saw as it would cut a 'straighter line' than the jig-saw. We also had to make a 'saw guide / jig' to guide the saw not only in a straight line, but also over the 90 degree bend at the back. When finished, the cut line was fairly 'chip free'. It could have been straighter if we had a large enough table saw, or a really large Radial Arm Saw. (we'll add a photo of the 'saw guide' we made later.)

 Notes:

    

Always take all proper, safety precautions when using power tools. Read the owners / users manuals, wear proper and adequate safety gear such as ear and eye protection, and understand the proper operation of each tool.

   
 


 

    
     
 

The information contained here is simply my personal findings and is not intended for anyone / or any entity to use to make any decisions to repair, disassemble, modify, or do anything. It is strictly for entertainment value. Please do not email any responses or call with any information related to it. It is also likely to change as new / additional information comes to light, or I change my mind or opinion. So There!




 


 

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