How to Trim Formica


Trimming Formica is not difficult. Since it is, essentially, nothing more than laminate, it can be adhered to any surface using the appropriate adhesives. Kitchen countertops, tabletops and flooring are all popular targets and they all require a deft hand. Formica is expensive and one wrong cut can cost you dearly. In addition to a steady hand, successful Formica trimming requires the right tools and that means power saws.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular saw
  • Thin Kerf carbide blade
  • Jig saw
  • Metal file
  • Sanding block
  • Safety goggles
  • Masking tape
  • Tape off the line of the cut. This prevents the Formica from splintering or chipping excessively.

  • Use the circular saw, fitted with the kerf blade, to make the initial cut. Cut slowly, along the tape. Stop short of the end of the Formica piece.

  • Use the jig saw to cut the last 2 inches or so. This is a good habit to learn as cutting kitchen countertops can be tricky when it comes to the cuts near the wall or back-splash.

  • Take a deep breath before you activate the saw, then as you pull back on the trigger, slowly breathe out. Controlling your breathing can significantly improve your cuts.

  • Smooth it out. Use the metal file or sanding block to smooth out the edges of the cut Formica.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use power tools, especially saws, without taking the appropriate precautions. This involves carefully reading the operating manuals and wearing the right safety equipment.

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