Trim Laminate Countertop In Place -


Old 02-27-09, 06:36 PM
MB McProc's Avatar
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 76
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Trim Laminate Countertop In Place -

OK, I admit it, I am an idiot. My brand new refrigerator was delivered this afternoon and after everything was ready to go -come to find out it won't fit into the opening afterall due to a 1/2 in. overhang on the countertop. I measured the space at least 3 times - but I didn't even notice the countertop - at all. I measured from the wall to the cabinet - not the countertop! To be fair my husband didn't realize it either. In any case - since the edge that needs to be trimmed down will be almost completely hidden and I don't want to or have the time to completely disassemble my kitchen I need to know how I can trim 1/2 inch off of this laminate countertop. We will be redoing the kitchen entirely within the next couple of years - but still I don't want to do any really obvious damage. Right now - my new refrigerator is sitting mostly in the middle of my kitchen.
Sponsored Links
Old 02-27-09, 06:49 PM
chandler's Avatar
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 39,965
Received 6 Votes on 6 Posts
I am assuming you have a rolled back laminate countertop. Mark a line where you want it to be cut, place painter's or masking tape on either side of your line. Using a jig saw with a fine blade, cut along the line until you have no more saw shoe space. You will have to cut the rest of it using a handsaw. You could use a reciprocating saw, but it would take a surgeon's steadiness, so I recommend a hand saw. Since you will be jamming the fridge against it, you won't need to worry about finding or installing a countertop end piece.
This information is in lieu of doing it right, by removing the entire countertop and cutting it from the bottom using a circular saw, but then it may not be an option as you said.
Old 02-28-09, 08:15 AM
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Southeast, Pa
Posts: 356
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
You can get a down cutting blade for the jigsaw which will not tear out as much as a regular blade. Then do as chandler says and finish with a fine tooth hand saw.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: