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laminate floor: best cutting methods


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04-28-12, 04:01 PM   #1  
laminate floor: best cutting methods

I'm installing laminate wood flooring (I know it's not the best quality but it will have to do until we can afford better material for $6/sq.ft. or better) and am asking about methods to cut pieces, to help create a smooth cut.
- should I tape the cut line?
- turn the piece upside down so any possible splintering doesn't show on the finished side?
- best saw to use: a jigsaw, circular, table saw...?
- and I just assume the the best blade to use to cut this finish is generally the one with the most teeth...is that accurate?
Thanks for any reply.

 
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04-28-12, 05:06 PM   #2  
Basically the cuts you make will be hidden via shoe molding anyway, so perfection is secondary. There won't be any splintering because it isn't wood. It's a composite material with a picture of wood on top. Cutting the laminate with a miter saw right side up will cause you and your saw blade to not be friends any more. Cut the laminate from the bottom. The blade will last longer, but will still be toast when you are through with the job. Use at least a 40 tooth blade....80 if they aren't too expensive.

 
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