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    Cutting Laminated Counter Top..***Final Stages***

    I'm installing a premade laminate counter top in our laundry room and need some advice on cutting it to length. Has anyone here done this before?

    I need to cut just shy of 2 feet off.









    I have a DeWalt 36T thin kerf finish blade...will this be OK?

    I found an article with a jig that seems to be a good way, but would like to hear from those who have done this before.

    http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/etip022500wb.html

    Thanks.
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    Every time I've ever seen the subject come up, "cut long and belt-sand to length" seems to be the winner. I'm not sure it's possible to get a clean cut with the backsplash already attached.
    Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee DeRaud View Post
    Every time I've ever seen the subject come up, "cut long and belt-sand to length" seems to be the winner. I'm not sure it's possible to get a clean cut with the backsplash already attached.
    What Lee said + cut from the underside, laminate down.
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    greg, lee and rennie are both right......cut from the bottom........if you`re good and the stars are aligned right you might get a servicable edge off the saw.......if not beltsand being sure to pull the laminate into the substraight...tod
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    Thanks guys,

    I've just about got the jig built. I'll also put masking tape on the laminate side, but cut from the back...a bit long and sand.
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    Smile

    I cut from the top after applying masking tape to protect it.

    Used a jig saw, worked pretty well. Just go slow.
    Richard "Butch" Leshner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Leshner View Post
    I cut from the top after applying masking tape to protect it.

    Used a jig saw, worked pretty well. Just go slow.
    You can actually buy a jigsaw blade that cuts on the down-stroke - especially made for cutting laminate from the top. Works pretty well. The big boxes carry them.
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    Hi Greg,
    I just trimmed up an edge on this corner counter top I found with the Festool TS 55 and rail. I cut about two inches off the end. I did it from the bottom as you suggested and it made a baby smooth cut on wood and laminate.
    If you have a good guide and a good blade you shouldn't have any problem.

    (Oop's) I did take the back Splash off so I didn't have that to worry about. I'm not going to use it in my project.

    DT
    Last edited by Don Taylor; 03-09-2007 at 10:06 PM.

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    Has anyone tried the Bosch T234X jig saw blades on laminated MDF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Has anyone tried the Bosch T234X jig saw blades on laminated MDF?
    yup they dull fairly quickly......better luck with a fine tooth blade....tod
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