Asked on Sep 3, 2020

What kind of saw should I use on formica?

Deb KCynthia HBecky at Flipping the Flip
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I am getting ready to install a farmhouse sink. This is a drop in model and we are going to have to cut off the front "lip/edge" of our formica countertop. What kind of saw should we use to give the cleanest most accurate cut? Thank you.


6 answers
  • Mogie
    on Sep 3, 2020

    ​​Jigsaws are equipped with fine-toothed blades for making precise cuts. This works well cutting Formica. The tool has an even metal plate which sits on the material to be cut. The thin blade moves up and down once the trigger is pulled, meaning that you can cut in a curved or straight motion.

    To cut Formica with a jigsaw, you will need to take adequate measures. By doing so, the decorative laminate layer is not damaged as you make curves on the supporting material underneath.

    • The key aspect of making cuts on Formica is choosing a blade that has downward oriented teeth (a reverse jigsaw blade) that cut on the downstroke.
    • ​An ordinary blade whose teeth are pointing upwards or cut upstroke could crack and rip up the decorated laminated layer.
    • ​Finally, the blade’s tooth count should be medium to high.


    • 1cs1267
      on Sep 3, 2020

      Thank you ... I'll take this info to Home Depot w/me and hope I can find the type of blade you are referring to ...

  • A circular saw with a fine-tooth carbide blade should work.

  • You’ll be sawing through two different materials here, the laminate and the particle board under it. A carbide blade should do this cleanly, just go slow and carefully.

  • Cynthia H
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Hi! I think this video will answer all your questions!

    https://youtu.be/_kVDdJEZ03E

  • Deb K
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Hello 1cs1267, To cut through laminate countertops, you can use a hand saw, but a circular saw makes the job much quicker. Because a circular saw can produce jagged edges and chip the laminate, your best bet is to lay the laminate face-side down and cut from the back to the front. Hope this helps you out


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