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Lots of questions on how to cut Formica

Posted by Phil Bavaro on October 7th, 2000 01:43 PM

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I am making a special table which requires specially
shaped Formica pieces, but I don't have any experience
with cutting laminates like this and need your advice.

Here are the dimensions of the Formica need:
a) two 4" x 47" strips
b) two 4" x 27" strips which have an 3" x 8" section
removed from the middle.

I understand that covering the edge to be cut with
tape is essential, but is standard masking tape all
that is needed and do I put it on both sides of the

I've read that a router is the best way to cut it, but
I will have to use a handheld rotary power saw.
Sears had a 200 tooth low profile blade which was
designated for cutting veneer. Is this the best
kind of blade to use?

Should I clamp it between two pieces of wood
as well as use the tape?

How deep should I set the depth of cut?
What I mean is should I be cutting 1/2" deep or
should I try to keep the depth of cut just slightly
more than the laminate thickness itself?

Also, does it matter which side I cut from?

In order to cut out the 3" x 8" section, should I
drill large holes at the inside corners and make
straight cuts to them?

Are there any special requirements for drilling
through Formica?

Your assistance in greatly appreciated. Thanks in


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