cutting a laminate countertop
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Anyone ever do this?  We are going to put a freezer in, and the only good place to put it has a counter.  But no cabinets underneath.  It's weird.
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  Re: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (Anyone ever do this?...)
I've done it many times.  Straight edge and a good sharp saw lade.   If you have an integral back splash then that gets tricky.

I've used a jig saw cutting shy of the line and then belt sand to the line.  A bevel laminate bit will treat the laminate edge or just sand a bevel.
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  Re: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (Anyone ever do this?...)
Does it splinter?  This is one of the pre-laminated counters you get at the big box store, so I assume it's glued down a little better than if it was laminated in place
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  Re: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (Anyone ever do this?...)
A picture would really help. I assume you are not just cutting laminate, but laminate glued to counter top material. And you will also need to cut up to the wall and the backsplash; all complicating factors.
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  Re: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (Anyone ever do this?...)
hard to take a picture right now. It's a pre-laminated counter with a backsplash built in. There is a pipe behind the counter, so they just put a spacer out from the wall.  Not sure how hard it would be to move the counter, but conceivably I will be able to cut the backsplash from the back
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  Re: RE: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (Does it splinter?  T...)
(09-03-2020, 03:03 PM)EricU Wrote: Does it splinter?  This is one of the pre-laminated counters you get at the big box store, so I assume it's glued down a little better than if it was laminated in place

Masking tape over the cut line will help...
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  Re: RE: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (hard to take a pictu...)
(09-03-2020, 03:50 PM)EricU Wrote: I will be able to cut the backsplash from the back

That's the key
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  Re: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (Anyone ever do this?...)
Cut it upside down and it won't chip. I used a skilsaw with a straight edge clamp.
Countertop upside down on saw horses or a bench.
Cut the back first, running your saw upwards, then cut the 25" panel
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  Re: RE: cutting a laminate countertop by Stwood_ (Cut it upside down a...)
(09-03-2020, 07:16 PM)Stwood_ Wrote: Cut it upside down and it won't chip. I used a skilsaw with a straight edge clamp.
Countertop upside down on saw horses or a bench.
Cut the back first, running your saw upwards, then cut the 25" panel

Exactly how I do it too. The back cut is a little easy to mess up if you're not totally comfortable splitting a fine line with a skill saw and not dragging the back side of the blade. If you can clamp a straight edge on that too it's easier to make the turn from vertical to level. The tape is great! It hides the chips so they can all be revealed at once.
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  Re: cutting a laminate countertop by EricU (Anyone ever do this?...)
(09-03-2020, 02:12 PM)EricU Wrote: Anyone ever do this?  We are going to put a freezer in, and the only good place to put it has a counter.  But no cabinets underneath.  It's weird.

You could probably undercut by a 1/8 inch or less and clean up with router, strait bit and strait edge.
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