How to Cut Laminate Countertop – Laminate is a common material used for kitchen and bathroom countertops due to its durability, ease of installation and low cost. While it is best to cut the laminate counter to size before installing it, you may have to cut an existing counter that is already installed. The best way to accomplish this task is to remove the laminate counter from the cabinets so that you will not damage the surrounding walls with the saw.
How to Cut Laminate Countertop
Things You’ll Need
- Utility knife
- Electric screwdriver
- Measuring tape
- Safety glasses
- Jigsaw or circular saw
- Caulk silicone
- Electric drill
Step by Step (Tutorials):
- Place the blade of a knife in the left rear corner of the laminated bench where it meets the wall. Run the knife all the way across the back of the counter to cut through any caulk that is sealing the seam. Repeat the process on both sides of the counter if they also find a wall.
- Open the cabinets under the laminate counter and crawl inside them so you can locate the screws that hold the counter to the cabinets.
- Insert an electric screwdriver into each screw and remove them. Store the screws in a safe place, as you will need them to reinstall the counter.
- Hold one end of the laminate counter and ask the other person to understand the other side. Stand on the counter and take it to an outdoor location.
- Turn the laminate upside down so that the finished side is facing down. Use a tape measure to determine where you need to cut it and draw a line in place with a pencil.
- Put the safety glasses and plug into a puzzle. Turn the puzzle over and move the blade along the pencil line to cut through the counter.
- Flip the top counter back over with the help of a friend and take it back inside. Set the counter back to the appropriate location in the cabinets.
- Crawl back into the cabinets and insert the screws back into the holes using an electric drill.
- Apply a thin layer of silicone caulk around all edges of the laminate counter that meet a wall to seal the moisture.
Tips & Warnings
You can also use a circular saw to cut laminate.