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    Best way to cut a counter top

    I have to install a new counter top on a cupboard, and I am trying to find out the best way to cut it? Thank You for the Helping Hand!
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    A Howard, it would help if we knew what the counter top was made of....
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    Sorry, The top is made up with osb board, or particle board is it. It is laminated with the plastic laminate that comes on most premanufactured units.
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    I would flip it over and cut it from the back with a circular saw.
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    I'll add that a high tooth count blade will give you a cleaner cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    I would flip it over and cut it from the back with a circular saw.
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    Putting masking tape on the cut first is supposed to help keep the laminate from chipping when cutting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    Putting masking tape on the cut first is supposed to help keep the laminate from chipping when cutting.
    That's for when you have no other choice but to cut it from the top. And the taps is to keep the saw from scratching the top more than keeping it from chipping.If you cut from the top it is best to cut it with a jig saw with down stroke teeth.
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    Thanks for the tip Chuck
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    The flip it over is easier said than done as pre made counters have lumps an such, and simple measurements are confusing. Lay out the top placement by placing the sink upside down withe the top in place. I use Blue tape to locate the top around the perimiter, then measure inand layout the hole so that you allow the proper lip. (some sinks come with a pattern) Add more tape and use a box knife and scoure a line in the laminate. then drill a hole near a corner (rememberb the corners should be round else the corners protrude beyond the lip DAMHIK) Using a good sabre saw with a finer tooth blade cut along the scored line (the scoring will help prevent chipping) support the "plug" as you get to the halfway and beyond point.

    Not too difficult if you take your time and do it right, rather than fast and easy, fast and easy is for when someone else is paying for your mistakes.

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