Acrylic countertops come in a variety of colours and patterns and are typically desired for their shiny, polished look. If you don't want to have your countertops installed by the company you purchased them from, you can attempt to do it yourself. The most important step when cutting your own countertops is the precision and care of the cut itself. Your blades must be new and sharp, and you should never cut different materials with the same blade. Taking this care will prevent splintering and breaking at the edges.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- 1/2 inch thick sheet acrylic to fit counter space
- 3/4 inch interior grade plywood to fit counter space
- Grease pencil
- Sharp metal cutting handsaw
- Plywood saw blade
- 400-grit sandpaper
- Acrylic polish
- Lint-free rag
- Screw gun
- Contact cement
- Hard bristle paint brush
- Laminate trim router
Measure the counter where you will place the acrylic. Account for breaks or curves in the counter. Curves will have to be cut with a jigsaw.
Measure and draw cut lines on your plywood and acrylic with the grease pencil. The acrylic and plywood will be cut exactly the same to fit the counter space.
Leave the protective film on the acrylic while cutting. Clamp the plywood and acrylic down to your work table or work floor for a stable cut. Cut the plywood and acrylic to size using the blades specified for each material.
Sand the cut edges of the plywood and the acrylic with 400-grit sandpaper.
Attach the plywood to the counter frame with the screws and screw gun. Screw the plywood at all four corners.
Paint contact cement along the plywood with your hard bristle paint brush. Wait five minutes.
Remove the protective film from the back of the acrylic where it will come into contact with the plywood. Carefully place the acrylic over the plywood. Push the acrylic down firmly for three to five minutes.
Trim the edges of the countertops with the laminate trim router. Remove excess pieces for a finished look.
Remove the protective film from the acrylic countertop. Polish the acrylic with the polishing compound and a clean, lint-free rag.
Tips and warnings
- Practice using your saw before cutting the material you will use for your countertops.
- Do not attempt to use a saw without professional instruction or guidance.
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