Best saw/blade for laminate?

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Old 01-29-08, 07:35 AM
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Best saw/blade for laminate?

I have finally prepared the subfloor, and will be putting down the underlayment and laminate this week.

What is the best saw and blade to cut the laminate with? Just a regular skill saw? What type of blade?

Any tips on how to setup a homemade work bench to make the cuts? Just two sawhorses and a piece of plywood?

Also, there will be a place or two where I will need to drill a hole in the laminate (where the cable comes up through the floor. Is this pretty straight forward, or are there any tips to this?

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Not a pro, but I'd use a miter saw. When I installed laminate wood (and cut them ) it was a breeze using that thing. If the planks are super wide, perhaps a compound miter saw. If you don't have any of these you can rent them. Here's a thread on that:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showth...60+tooth+blade

The only thing is that you can't cut odd shapes or long lengths with them so you might need a jigsaw. At least that's what I used.

Did you ask about the skill saw b/c this is what you have? Not familar with tools but is that the same as a circular saw?

This thread might help you out regarding those (as wells as what type of blade to use):

http://forum.doityourself.com/showth...60+tooth+blade

Have fun on the installation and take your time
 
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miter saw-best by far. if a circular saw is used, use a fine toothed blade(more teeth per inch) for a smooth cut. also, cut from the back side to eliminate splinter/chips.
 
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Thanks. I searched for "Laminate Saw Cut" but didn't see either of those posts.

Yes, a circular saw and a skill saw are the same (I don't know tools either).

And yes, I was asking about the skill saw because I have one, but I have a friend who offered to let me borrow his miter saw if needed.
 
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I'm sure you tried searching for previous threads I found those by typing in "saw for laminate wood" or something or other.

Definitely ask your friend to borrow the miter saw. Worse case...you don't use it At least you could try it out.
 
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