How to Cut a Formica Countertop with a Hacksaw
You can easily cut the Formica countertop (plastic laminate) in your kitchen or home using a hacksaw but a few preparations would have to be made to smooth the progress of the procedure. Remember that cutting a Formica countertop is best done by removing it, turning it over and cutting it from the back side. You can, however, also make a clean cut even when removing the countertop is not an option.
Step 1 – Mark the Cutting Line
Mark the cutting line with a masking tape. Stick the tape over the Formica top and run it over the desired cutting length. This will help reduce the incidence of chipping.
Step 2 – Cut the Formica Top
Use a sharp hacksaw to cut over the line as designated by the masking tape. Cut through the masking tape and make steady strokes to produce a smooth and even cut.
Step 3 – Smoothen the Edge
Remove the excess tape and use fine-grit sandpaper to smoothen the jagged edge. You may also use a belt sander for this procedure.
Remember to take precautionary measures when using power tools to cut or sand Formica countertops. Wear safety goggles and hand gloves to prevent the risk of injury.