> Ask a Question > Fix It Forum > Lots of questions on how to cut Formica
Login | Register

Lots of questions on how to cut Formica

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

20 of 48 people found this post helpful

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


Was this post helpful? Yes: or No:

Topic Follow-ups:

About  | FAQ  | Contact  | Sitemap  | Privacy Policy  | Terms of Use  | Help

© 2016 Renovate Your World LLC