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Old 10-01-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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Is there any way to successfully DIY cut a laminate countertop? We measured Friday and discovered that neither our stove nor our fridge will fit in our trailer. The fridge will fit if the countertop is about 1/4" shorter, the stove is history. What would be the best tool to cut this, if its even possible, without removing it from the cabinets?
I have an oscillating multi-tool that has a sawblade attachment that looks like half of a circular sawblade. It cuts plywood, so i am assuming it would cut this, but we cant afford a new countertop so i need to know before i start anything. We can get a fridge for only about $20 a month, so i can go that route if i need to.

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what type of laminate counter top?

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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Only one kind that i know of. It comes premade from Lowes, made of particleboard covered by a sheet of laminate. Always has a rounded front edge and a built in backsplash. Its not Formica, its what comes up if you go to Lowes.com and put in "laminate countertop"
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If you have a belt sander you can sand a 1/4" off the end. If you need to remove the end cap, lacquer thinner will soften the glue, be sure to scrap off the excess glue before sanding. Scribe a straight line and sand to the line, recap the end and you should be good. If you need to cut some out for the range to drop into, you can get a down cut blade for your saber saw, or you can use a down shear router bit. Clamp a straight edge for a guide for the router and that should do it.
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Does it have a built in back splash?
If it does good luck trying to cut it from the top and make it look right.
Most tops are just held in place with just a few screws from under the cabinets in the corners.
Remove it and flip it over to cut it with a ciruler saw, cut the back splash area first the flat part, when you get done trying the other ideas.
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I have cut them a few times without a problem.
Measure it,put painters tape( couple ovlaping pieces) on the area to be cut.flip the top on its back mark again location to be cut and cut it with a circular saw.
I used a bosch 18 v to cut mine,no problem.
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Does it have a built in back splash?
If it does good luck trying to cut it from the top and make it look right.
Most tops are just held in place with just a few screws from under the cabinets in the corners.
Remove it and flip it over to cut it with a ciruler saw, cut the back splash area first the flat part, when you get done trying the other ideas.
Have you ever tried it the way I suggested Joe? I have several times and it does work.
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I was successful making a cut from the top---in place---no chips ---

I used painters tape to protect the cut area-----drew the cut line-----then used double faced foam tape to stick down a straight edge 1 1/2" in from the line--(That is the exact set back on my Skill Saw)

Made the cut with a 40 toothed blade----

then removed the Skill saw---clamped the cut to the counter top so it would not fall --I finished the uncut portion with a multi-tool---

Worked very well--
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it has a builtin backsplash. the fridge is just a 1/4" too wide, i may end up having to get a new one because i really dont want to screw up the current countertop. The stove is history because the only spot available for it is blocking access to two cabinets. retarded, i know. we are seriously considering living without a stove for a few years until after the wedding, when we can afford to redo the kitchen layout. this stuff is really starting to get overwhelming.
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it has a builtin backsplash. the fridge is just a 1/4" too wide, i may end up having to get a new one because i really dont want to screw up the current countertop. The stove is history because the only spot available for it is blocking access to two cabinets. retarded, i know. we are seriously considering living without a stove for a few years until after the wedding, when we can afford to redo the kitchen layout. this stuff is really starting to get overwhelming.
Believe me when I tell you,cutting the countertop is not difficult. Painters tape on the finished side where you will be cutting it and it will not chip. No need to worry about the end being caped,you won't see it.
The fridge will hide it. Measure TWICE cut once.
Don rush through the cut,go slow.
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I cut a 1/2" off my formica that was special order...Lowes added a 1/2" to the length and I didn't want to want 2 weeks. I used a 40 tooth Skill saw and didn't have any chips. I haven't reapplied the end cap but the stove covers it so you can't tell. I just measured about 30 times and traced my cut with a pencil then went slow. Came out great!

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