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    Countertop Mod

    What would you use to cut a countertop? I have a drop-in stove that is being replaced with a range/oven unit and the counter will need to be cut for the install. My biggest concern is the backsplash. I can use a jigsaw to get close to teh backsplash, but then what? Here is a real rough sketch of what I have.
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    ed, if it`s a freestanding unit like you show (not mitered into another piece of countertop) it might be easier to remove the whole top and cut from the backside?.....if that`s not an option a sawsall with a fine tooth metal blade, or if you can find one locally a reverse tooth, cut close to your line and sand to fit with a beltsander.....tod
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    Thanks Todd,

    I haven't had a chance to look at the project yet, but I have had this question come up before and I have puzzled over how to do it. The recip is probably the best idea.

    By the way, where in the Ozarks are you? My folks live in Kimberling City.

    Ed

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    How a trim router using a template?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Whitaker View Post
    How a trim router using a template?
    Not sure how I'd design a jig to take a router from the flat countertop to teh vertical backsplash. That would probably leave the best finish, but I can't figure out how to make the turn.

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    Jigsaw.

    TAPE your cut line. This helps with chipout.
    Dewalt also makes a reverse cut blade. It cuts down, not up.

    Backsplash. Hand saw or recep saw.

    If you can remove the whole thing, a skillsaw with wood guide clamped to it. Cut the backsplash first

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    Thanks Steve!

    I was sorry to read about the troubles you have been dealing with. Hope you're close to operational again.

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    Hi Ed. First off, the range top manufacturer should have included the cut-out dimensions with the unit. Lacking those instructions, I would flip the top over and proceed to build a template that will fit around the underside of the unit. After having made the template, you have two choices. 1) double stick the template to the counter top and use a trim router to cut the hole. 2) Use the template to draw an outline of the hole. Then drill a hole at each corner and use your jig saw to cut the straight-line sides from hole to hole.

    When I install an Elway stainless sink last winter, I spent a lot of time making a template for the sink underside. One of my considerations, like you, was the spacing to the back splash. I cut the width of the back edge of the template such that when it was pushed up to the back splash, the cutout was positioned properly. I used option 2 above.

    The cutout doesn't need to be pretty, but it definitely needs to be the correct size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Nelson View Post
    Thanks Steve!

    I was sorry to read about the troubles you have been dealing with. Hope you're close to operational again.

    Thanks.

    Trusses are up

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    Except for one time, a jig saw has always gotten close enough to the backsplash. I have a plastic thingy that fits around the blade of my saw to prevent chipping and it works very well.

    That one time that I could not get close enough, I used hand saws -a drill then a keyhole saw to start the cut then a small crosscut saw for the bulk of the cut.
    Cheers, Frank

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