How to Cut a Contiboard

Updated February 21, 2017

Contiboard is a type of particleboard often used for shelves. It has a coating on the top that offers a durable and strong finish. Contiboard comes in various thicknesses and sizes, and can also be cut to size to use for many different applications. Cutting Contiboard is no different than cutting any other type of plywood with a coating on top. By following a few simple steps, you can have your board cut to size in no time.

Measure the piece of Contiboard and mark the proper cut locations. Set the marked piece of Contiboard on a flat and steady surface. Position a C-clamp on each side of the board and tighten them down in place. Secure them to the board away from the cut marks.

Line up a T-square along the mark on the Contiboard and draw a straight line at the cut location with a pencil.

Place a laminate saw on the side of the board farthest away from you. A laminate saw is similar to a hand saw in size and shape. Hold the board down firmly with your nondominant hand and saw along the line in a downward motion.

Move down the line and hold the board firmly in place. Continue until the board has been cut into two pieces. Loosen the clamps. Measure the board and verify that it is the proper size. Measure the board for the next cut and repeat the process for all of the remaining cuts.


A table saw or circular saw can also be used to cut Contiboard. Safety goggles must be used when working with power equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • C-clamp
  • T-square
  • Pencil
  • Laminate saw
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