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  1. #1
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    Default Best way to cut a formica countertop

    Hi- we bought a "prefab" formica countertop and it is slightly oversized. We are trying to figure out the best way to cut it down, it does have a backsplash on it. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Best way to cut a formica countertop

    Use a fresh, sharp blade in a circular saw, mark your cut line on the back, cut the splash first, then make the cut from the front edge to the backsplash.

    If you use a straight edge to guide the saw, the cut should be smooth enough to install an end cap if necessary, otherwise polish the edge with a belt sander before installing the end cap.

    If fitting the counter between two fixed points, you're going to want to scribe both ends onto a template, transfer the template to the underside of the countertop, and make the cuts, this way there will be minimal clearance to caulk. IMHO, when counters butt into a wall, it is best to install an end splash, this will not only cover any gap, it will finish off the countertop nicely.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Default Re: Best way to cut a formica countertop

    Thanks!!!!!:d

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    Default Re: Best way to cut a formica countertop

    I need to know how to remove a formica backsplsh from a countertop it is attached to.

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    Default Re: Best way to cut a formica countertop

    Fapate,

    What are you trying to accomplish?

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    Default Re: Best way to cut a formica countertop

    fapate, the countertop is probably attached with screws from below, other wise it was set into a bead of silicone run around the top of the cabinets
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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