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Proulx06 01-04-2008 09:48 AM

Which saw blade for laminate countertops?
 
We'll be replacing our countertops with those pre-formed laminte countertops from HD. You know, these:

http://images.lowes.com/product/conv...18406314md.jpg

I'll have to cut a few pieces (straight cuts, not mitre). What kind of saw blade should I use to avoid chipping the surface? And am I correct that you cut from the underside?

Thanks.

RTRCon 01-04-2008 10:08 AM

If you can cut from the underside you shouldnt have to worry about chipping out with a circular saw, but cut from the selfedge back to the backsplash to avoid chipping out the self edge.

Rehabber 01-04-2008 10:30 AM

Laminates are hard on blades, I just bite the bullet and use a Frued 40 tooth

Proulx06 01-04-2008 12:34 PM

Most instructions say to use tape on the finished side to prevent chipping, so it seems it does happen. The Frued brand...can I get that at the big box stores? Are there different models of 40-tooth blades? I am just totally ignorant in this area and don't want to ruin a piece of countertop because I had the wrong blade. Thanks guys.

send_it_all 01-04-2008 07:30 PM

The Irwin Marathon blades work pretty well. When I cut countertops I runt he saw backwards. It is not the safest practice, so I would recommend cutting from the bottom side if you aren't EXTREMELY comfortable with a circular saw.

michael.skofield 01-15-2008 09:45 PM

if your buying it in Home Depot they should cut it for you ...I know my local one does.


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