Asked on Sep 4, 2020

What kind of saw should I use on formica countertop?

Zard PocleebRymeaMogie
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Hey folks ... I asked this question previously, but I don't think I provided enough information! Sorry to all those who responded. We are installing a drop in farmhouse sink ... I will need to cut the front lip/edge of the already installed formica countertop in order to accommodate the front of the sink. This front edge/lip of the existing countertop will be removed. I hope this is a bit more clear. I have a jigsaw and if that is what I should use then is there a specific saw blade that will work better and give cleaner edges? Thanks!


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  • Peggy Burnette
    Peggy Burnette
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Hi this is Peggy. I hope this helps you cut your formica countertop. 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.


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    The best DIY tool for the job is a circular saw with a fine-tooth carbide blade made for laminate (the same blades are typically sold for non-ferrous metals and other types of plastics). You can also use a jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade.Dec 1, 2018

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    Unique Creations By Anita
    on Sep 4, 2020

    Circular saw will give you a nice clean cut or table saw.

  • If a jigsaw is what you have, you can use it. Use a high-tooth count, reverse teeth blade since it cuts on the downstroke giving you a cleaner cut.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Sep 4, 2020

    You will need a fine cut blade for your saw. It needs to have at least 40 teeth and is narrow. I would go with a carbide blade.

  • Janice
    Janice
    on Sep 4, 2020

    A circular saw should work great. Mask off the area you wish to cut and mark exactly where the cut should be. A fine sharp blade will be best and along with the masking you should be able to produce a clean cut with no jagged edge.

  • A carbide blade will be best, a fine toothed blade. You will be cutting through the countertop too which is probably particle board, as I mentioned under your last question. If possible, maybe rent a smaller, easier to manage tool.

  • Mogie
    Mogie
    on Sep 4, 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.


  • Rymea
    Rymea
    on Sep 7, 2020

    We were told to put masking tape on the surface to keep it from chipping, then cut through the tape. We've cut a few and never had a problem.

  • Zard Pocleeb
    Zard Pocleeb
    on Dec 13, 2020

    A lot depends on whether the cut edge will show, or if it will be covered up by some type of molding. Either way you’ll need to tape it off and draw accurate, straight lines to follow with your saw. Duct tape would probably be the best type to use because of its ultra sticky surface.If the edge won’t show you’ll be able to get away with a bit more chipping. If it will show you’ll need clean, accurate cuts. Circular saws, like jigsaws, also cut on the upstroke. If you go with a jigsaw definitely use a downcut blade. To give a nice, clean cut you can use a blade meant for metal cutting seeing how you’re only making small cuts. Definitely use a new blade though. If you’re going to use it circular saw you can get a blade made specifically for laminate.

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