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Old 12-01-2019, 10:23 PM   #1
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Cutting marble laminate


I am installing a bathroom vanity top that is natural marble laminated onto wood substrate. I need to trim half an inch off for it to fit.

Does anyone know how to cut marble laminated onto wood substrate?
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I am installing a bathroom vanity top that is natural marble laminated onto wood substrate. I need to trim half an inch off for it to fit.

Does anyone know how to cut marble laminated onto wood substrate?
Do you mean something like a formed Wilsonart or similar?
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I would clamp it to my WETSAW, and trim it.

Clamp to stabilize it on the sliding bed, and gently trim it.

All the cuttings end up in the water in the tub, and a filter sock on the pickup tube keeps anything from plugging the pump.

Or you could use a cutoff wheel on an angle grinder, just be very careful that you don't crack the marble.

Use a trickle of water to corral the dust.


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Old 12-02-2019, 07:28 AM   #4
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How thick is the marble ? Marble is actually quite soft, if it is actually marble. (also porous as a sponge, which makes it a poor choice for a countertop, but thats a different story). If you take a file to the edge, you will see how soft it is. I would be tempted to just use my circular saw. Try a cut 1/4" from the end. First cut very shallow to avoid surface chipping.
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I am not sure what Wilsonart is.

I do not have a wetsaw.

The top is 49"x22" and weighs 70 lbs and I need to trim the half-inch off the short side.

I was thinking about using a diamond blade in my circular saw with a guide clamped to the top, but am not sure how it would do with the substrate.
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I am not sure what Wilsonart is.

I do not have a wetsaw.

The top is 49"x22" and weighs 70 lbs and I need to trim the half-inch off the short side.

I was thinking about using a diamond blade in my circular saw with a guide clamped to the top, but am not sure how it would do with the substrate.
This idea will work, but your speed through the material is critical.

Too slow and it burns the sub-strate, too fast, and it binds and balks.

I would try a fine toothed plywood blade, carbide tipped if possible. and again a water stream, to keep the dust down.

You don't want to breathe stone dust, even for this short time.

Outdoors also.

Or run a vacuum real close to the kerf.


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This idea will work, but your speed through the material is critical.

Too slow and it burns the sub-strate, too fast, and it binds and balks.

I would try a fine toothed plywood blade, carbide tipped if possible. and again a water stream, to keep the dust down.

You don't want to breathe stone dust, even for this short time.

Outdoors also.

Or run a vacuum real close to the kerf.


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I am not comfortable running water near an electric saw. I think I will go with the shop vac in combination with a fine particulate mask.

Thanks for help.
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I am not comfortable running water near an electric saw. I think I will go with the shop vac in combination with a fine particulate mask.

Thanks for help.
You have never had to work in the rain. Having a dribble of water at the saw blade is not a problem.
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Can you cut through marble layer first, then finish with a traditional saw?
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Can you cut through marble layer first, then finish with a traditional saw?
It is unknown how thick the marble layer is.

I went with a diamond blade (had it on hand), the shop vac and an RZ mask.

I laid out a layer of masking tape 8" wide. This gave me a surface for marking and prevented the saw from marring the surface.

I marked out the cut and clamped on a saw guide.

Using a reducer I attached a 1" vacuum house to the shop vac and secured it to the saw discharge with some gorilla tape. I strapped on the RZ mask and began to cut. I quickly learned that I had to go slow or the saw would try to wonder away from the guide.

I did not do to bad for my first try at this. The top fit well with about 1/8 - 3/16" gap on each side which the side splash will easily cover.

I will say, it was no fun handling a 4-foot 70lb top into place twice. The first time to test fit. The second time after I installed the faucet which is easier to do with the top out.
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I'm glad that the plan worked out well.

It's always a pleasure to hear back, that the advice given was useful.

A saw guide on both sides of the saw would have stopped all tendency to wander.

Thank you for keeping us informed.

Should have gotten a little help from another body, lifting that.

When we were much younger 70 lb. was nothing, now 70 lb. is edging the limit of these old backs.


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I'm glad that the plan worked out well.

It's always a pleasure to hear back, that the advice given was useful.

A saw guide on both sides of the saw would have stopped all tendency to wander.

Thank you for keeping us informed.

Should have gotten a little help from another body, lifting that.

When we were much younger 70 lb. was nothing, now 70 lb. is edging the limit of these old backs. ED
Good idea on the saw guide..., wish I had thought of it.

You are probably right on the help but my closest buddy was at work today and I really wanted to get this finished.

This project has been one problem after another (I think the guy who built the alcove the vanity sits in was drunk at the time) resulting in being without a sink in the master bath for over 2 weeks.

Also, my wife is at her dad's for a few days so I wanted to surprise her on her return by having this done.
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It is unknown how thick the marble layer is.
Perhaps, but it would have been easy to find out how thick the wood substrate was—simply drill with a wood bit until it stops on the marble. You could make your cut on the substrate with your circular saw set to the depth, maybe minus a mm to ensure you clear the marble. Then use your stone saw to cut the stone part off, and whatever minimal thickness of substrate remained.
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Perhaps, but it would have been easy to find out how thick the wood substrate was—simply drill with a wood bit until it stops on the marble. You could make your cut on the substrate with your circular saw set to the depth, maybe minus a mm to ensure you clear the marble. Then use your stone saw to cut the stone part off, and whatever minimal thickness of substrate remained.
Something to consider if I ever have to do this again (not to soon I hope).
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Where is the photo of the finished vanity ???
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