How to Cut Wilsonart & Formica Laminate Into Strips

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Wilsonart and Formica both manufacture laminate countertops. Installing a laminate countertop often involves cutting the laminate so the countertop will fit in your kitchen. In addition, many homeowners choose to install a laminate backsplash, which requires that the laminate is cut into strips prior to installation. Homeowners that install their own laminate backsplash must learn to cut laminate into strips without chipping it.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Marker (optional)
  • Clear packaging tape
  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Fine toothed saw blade
  • Sawhorses (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Measure the laminate with a measuring tape. Determine the desired width and length of the laminate strips. Write the measurements down on a piece of paper.

  • Transfer the measurements for the strips to the back of Wilsonart or Formica laminate. Use a pencil or marker to mark the lines of the laminate. Once this is finished, cover the lines with clear packaging tape. The tape will keep the laminate from chipping as it is cut.

  • Install a fine-toothed blade on your table or circular saw. Either saw can be used to cut the strips, however, if you use a circular saw you will also need a set of sawhorses. The fine-toothed blade will also help to prevent the laminate from chipping.

  • Cut the Wilsonart or Formica laminate into strips with a table or circular saw. Cut from the back of the laminate to prevent chipping.

  • Remove the clear packaging tape from the laminate strips. Lightly sand the laminate as necessary. The laminate may be sharp after it is cut.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear when cutting laminate. Goggles that are worn during saw operation can prevent serious injury to the eye.

References

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