How to Cut Laminate Sheets

Written by danny donahue
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Laminate sheets come in many varieties and are used for many purposes. Some laminate is fabricated to cover a counter top to obtain a stone appearance. Some laminate sheets are intended to add an extra layer of protection to a wall. Whatever use you have in mind for your laminate sheets, chances are that you will have to cut at least one sheet for your project. Cutting laminate sheets is a quick and easy process, once you learn a few tips.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Work table
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's 48 inch T square
  • Pencil
  • Laminate sheet
  • Circular saw with fine tooth blade
  • Clean, dry rag
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay the sheet face down onto the raised surface of your work table. Hook the blade of your tape measure onto the lip of the laminate sheet at a point 3 inches from one side. Pull the tape measure along the length of the sheet to the desired measurement. Find the mark that is 1/4 inch longer than your required cut and place a V mark (also known as a crow's foot mark). Remove the tape measure from the sheet.

  2. 2

    Hook the top of the T square onto the opposite side of the sheet and line up the straight edged blade with your V mark. Use your pencil to trace a line along the blade of your T square all of the way across the sheet. Remove the T square from the sheet.

  3. 3

    Slide the sheet over the edge of the table so that the wasted piece will fall away when the cut is complete. Press down on the section of the sheet with your free hand and activate the trigger of the saw with your other hand. Allow the saw to come to full speed, align the blade with your pencil mark, and cut the sheet quickly but without forcing the blade.

  4. 4

    Hold the sheet up to the area to be covered, mark any excess, and trim as necessary with your saw. Wipe away any debris from the cut edge with a clean, dry rag before mounting the sheet.

Tips and warnings

  • Safety glasses and work gloves are necessary for your protection when using power tools.

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