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Old 02-25-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Remove and cut Formica Countertops and Reuse.


Cutting old formica countertops without chipping the formica. We want to reuse them in the garage in a different formation.
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Old 02-25-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Flip them over and cut from the back side. Cut the back splash firt then the main area. Lay a 1 X 6 along the cut line so the saws lifted up off the top so you will not have to tip the back to clear the front lip.
It's going to take two people, ones going to have to support the piece being cut off so it does not chip the top.
Since your cutting from the back side just about any # of teeth on the saw will cut it with out chipping. Just make sure it's sharp.
I would not use a plywood blade. It will heat up and start to wabble.
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Do you ever use tape along cut line to help prevent chipping?

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Old 02-25-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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Can if you want to but I never use it.
The ciruler saw is cutting so it's trying to pulling the material up not forsing it down. So the formica is being pulled up againt the partical board so it should not chip.
Once the end cap goes on it's best to run a trim router over that area to round it off any way.
Just make a test cut and see what happens.
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Yep. Step1 : Buy a finish blade.
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Best way to get a nice cut on formica is to use a router with a carbide tip laminate cutting blade. Perfectly smooth cut.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:04 AM   #7
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How would that cut through a thick counter top?
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score it with an utility knife, tape, cut.
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