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TrailerParadise 10-08-2013 10:11 AM

How do you cut laminate?
 
I know they have a special cutting tool for laminate but at this point (beings the fact that i never plan to put down laminate again) i do not wish to purchase another tool. Is there any other way to cut it? I have a circ saw, a recip saw, a jigsaw, and an oscillating multi-tool. Is there hope or am i SOL?

123pugsy 10-08-2013 10:17 AM

Anything that will cut it. A skillsaw, jigsaw, sharp knife, not so good,...etc.

You will need a router with a trimmer bit to take down the extra material that you leave when working with the laminate. It can not be cut exactly and then glued on.

TrailerParadise 10-08-2013 10:23 AM

I mean floating laminate... not glued. Just floating and covered at the edges with baseboard trim

123pugsy 10-08-2013 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by TrailerParadise (Post 1251058)
I mean floating laminate... not glued. Just floating and covered at the edges with baseboard trim


Ha, and here I thought I actually knew the answer to your question....DUH....:huh:

I it were me I'd probably use a chop saw.

Oso954 10-08-2013 02:20 PM

A chop saw is definitely quicker, but it can be done with a circular saw.

If you use a speed square as a saw guide your cuts should be straighter. Marking and cutting from the back of the board will minimize chipping with the circular saw.

TrailerParadise 10-08-2013 03:40 PM

i can use a chopsaw, ive got one of those. Do i cut with the finished side up, or the back side up?

rossfingal 10-08-2013 03:51 PM

Cut with the finished side down -
Saw-blade with, as many teeth you can get (carbide).

TrailerParadise 10-08-2013 04:09 PM

thanks. my saw has a carbide blade but im not sure how many teeth. Guess i can give it a try and cut the first board a little longer than i need to see if it cuts smooth enough. Thanks for the help!

Oso954 10-08-2013 04:22 PM

Go buy the blade ! Something like this.
http://www.amazon.com/Irwin-Industri.../dp/B000089H9G

Cutting laminate is hard on sawblades. Consider it an expendable.

Canarywood1 10-08-2013 04:49 PM

" can use a chopsaw, ive got one of those. Do i cut with the finished side up, or the back side up? "

A miter saw,table saw,or radial arm saw,cut with face side up,only face down with a circular saw.
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big juicy01 10-08-2013 09:52 PM

I always thought it didn't matter. If your cuts show up your not doing it right. X2 on the ruining of a blade lol

Davejss 10-09-2013 09:59 PM

I always use a jig saw. Its right there on the floor with me. No getting up and down a thousand times. All of your cuts are going to be hidden under molding so no need for a perfect cut. Also handy for notching and so forth.


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