Formica is a material that is found in many kitchens, whether it be for sinks, countertops, or flooring. Cutting formica may sound like a difficult and daunting task, but it is actually quite simple when using the right tools. Here is some information on how to cut Formica accurately and safely.
Cutting Formica Sheets
The required tools needed to cut Formica Sheets are a reciprocating, router, flat file, and J roller. The first step of the process it to draw out the pattern onto the Formica surface. Once this is complete, you will use your reciprocating saw to cut the material based on the pattern you had drawn. You will want to cut approximately 1/2-inch outside of your drawing.
Once you have made your cuts, you need to apply adhesive to the back of your Formica. You will then use your J roller to apply even pressure to the sheet, ensuring that the sheet bonds to the surface sufficiently. In order to cut the formica so that it lines up with the underlying surface properly, you should use your router. Finally, you can use a flat-file to remove any sharp or even edges.
Cutting Formica Countertops
The required tools needed to cut Formica countertops are a circular saw, jigsaw, sawhorses, belt sander, metal file, and safety goggles. The saws are obviously used to cut the material, while the sawhorses are used as a base to cut the countertops upon. A circular saw with a 40 teeth blade is ideal for cutting Formica.
The majority of the cutting will be done with the circular saw, while the jigsaw will be used for finishing touches. The jigsaw will also help to cut the countertop material without causing any damage to the adjacent wall.
Before you actually start cutting, you will want to use masking tape to protect and cover the countertop. This will help to prevent any damage to the material, such as chipping or splintering. Use the rip fence on your circular saw to help guide and direct your cut. You should always cut your countertop leaving some margin on the side. Once you have made these primary cuts, use a belt sander to clean up any inaccuracies caused by imprecise cutting.
Cutting Formica might seem like a daunting task, but it is actually much easier to understand than most people might think. If you are careful, precise, and follow instructions, you should have no problem cutting Formica for your kitchen.