How to Cut Prefabricated Laminate Countertops


Laminate countertops are strong and durable, created with a variety of countertop designs meant to complement any decor. Though less expensive than other countertop types, laminate countertops made to order can still be pricy. To save a bit on the expense, you can order prefabricated laminate countertops. These prefabricated countertops come complete with the laminate already adhered to the core of wood that makes up the bulk of your countertop. While the countertop is available in a number of lengths, you'll likely have to cut it to fit. It's not a difficult cut to make, but there are a few steps you should follow to ensure the best cut possible--even if it's your first try.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Masking tape
  • Straightedge
  • Marker
  • Clamps
  • Jigsaw
  • Belt sander with 80-grit belt
  • Place the prefabricated laminate countertop onto the installation cabinet. Measure the cabinet setting length, and mark a chalk line along the front and rear sides of the countertop where you need to make the cut to fit the required length.

  • Turn the countertop upside down and mark a line with chalk along the rear of the countertop using a straightedge. Place a strip of masking tape centered on the marked line to keep the laminate from chipping as you cut.

  • Place the straightedge along the center of the masking tape, and re-create your cutting line using a bright marker.

  • Place the laminate countertop across a pair of sawhorses with the masking tape line upwards. Position the countertop so that the cutting line extends beyond the sawhorses. Clamp the straightedge along the marker line, offset to allow room for the jigsaw table to help guide in making a straight cut.

  • Cut along the marked line with the jigsaw, using the straightedge to help guide the cut.

  • Clean up the cut edge of the countertop with a belt sander. Wipe the edge clean of any sanding residue and remove the remaining masking tape.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put on safety goggles and work gloves to protect your eyes and hands from possible flying laminate chips.

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