What tool to cut across countertop???

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Old 08-13-13, 02:12 PM
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What tool to cut across countertop???

I need to cut a countertop to the back section (just before the backsplash) Countertop is 3/4 plywood with laminate. What tool should I use? Reason why I'm asking is it has to be perfect on the first cut since I will be removing the countertop piece with a cabinet that fits flush height wise with the counter top.

here's what I have for saws

reciprocating saw
Circular saw
Jigsaw

And none of those saws will let me cut right against the back section except for the recip saw which will give me a rough cut!!!!
 
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Is the countertop and backsplash all one piece?
 
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And will you be removing the top for cutting?
 
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2 separated pieces basically nailed or screwed in in a L position but I need to keep the piece that runs along the wall The top has to be removed and it's at then end of the countertop so only one cut is needed
 
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Can you remove and then reinstall the backsplash part? Normally that piece is glued [with caulking] to both the wall and the top. Why is it you want to remove the top but not the backsplash? The backsplash as 2 functions; the obvious and also to cover up the gap where the top usually doesn't fit perfectly against the wall.
 
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It's very difficult to get a clean chip-free cut in laminate. With the tools you have you should try attaching a straight edge to guide your circ. saw--with a new carbide blade. You can secure the straight edge with 2-sided carpet tape if there's no room for clamps. Set the saw very shallow and do a scoring cut only through the laminate, then repeat at full depth. It still may chip. You can get edging to cover the end where the cut counter meets your cabinet. Might have to get that from a cabinet & counter top shop.

Best tool for cutting laminate is a router since it doesn't try to lift.
 
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Would a router go 3/4" deep? I've never used one!! I did a test with multicrafter the cut is not that straight but I can go all the way against the back peice
 
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We just had to shorten a laminate countertop with separate splash on a commercial site today. My guy used a jig saw with a reverse blade, AFTER he scored it with a knife. When the jig saw stopped, he used my Multimaster to finish the cut. You can't force a multimaster, or the cut will skew. Then use a belt sander to smooth it all out and glue on a new piece of laminate on the side and trim it.
 
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Can you get a hold of a router with a flush cut bit? You can make a guide by clamping a straight edge to the countertop.
 
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Could you put a sacrificial strip of hardboard over the part you are cutting to help prevent chipout from a circular saw?

If you go with a router, I think you want a spiral bit that cuts downward to prevent chipping.

Assuming you don't go Chandler's route, which seems best.
 
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