How to Cut a Laminate Countertop

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Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a new countertop when you can simply cut and replace your old one! Follow these easy steps to cut your laminate countertop like a pro.

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Tools and Materials Needed

To cut a laminate countertop, you will need the following tools: a straight edge, a saw, clamps, and a drill. You will also need the following materials: a laminate countertop, a piece of plywood, and a jigsaw blade.


One of the great things about laminate countertops is that they can be easily cut with a variety of tools that you may already have in your home. A jigsaw is one of the best tools for cutting laminate because it can easily make curved and straight cuts. It’s important to use a blade designed for cutting laminate so that you don’t damage the surface.

Laminate sheets

Laminate sheets provide an inexpensive and durable material for countertops. Most laminate countertops are composed of a plastic laminate material bonded to a plywood or particleboard substrate. The laminate material is available in a wide variety of colors and designs, making it easy to find a style that suits your kitchen.

When it comes to cutting laminate sheets, you’ll need to use a few different tools. A circular saw is the best tool for making long, straight cuts. A jigsaw can be used for making curved or irregular cuts. And a router is the best tool for trimming the edges of the laminate sheet to create a smooth, finished edge.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

-A circular saw
-A jigsaw
-A router
-A laminate sheet

Tape measure

In order to ensure an accurate cut, you will need to use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of your countertop. It is important to measure both the length and width of the countertop, as well as the depth of any overhang.

When measuring the length and width of the countertop, be sure to use a straight edge (such as a yardstick or level) to get an accurate measurement. For countertops with an overhang, you will need to measure from the front edge of the countertop to the point where it meets the supporting structure (such as a cabinet).

In addition to a tape measure, you will also need a sharp utility knife and a straight edge (such as a ruler or level) to use as a cutting guide. You may also want to use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges after cutting.


-Tape measure
-Circular saw with a carbide-tipped blade
-Straightedge or story stick
-Laminate router bits
-Laminate trimmer
-High-speed steel (HSS) drill bits


Most countertops are cut at a 45-degree angle, but you may want to adjust the level of your cuts depending on the height of your backsplash or the look you’re going for. A simple level will do the trick.

-Laminate sheet
-Circular saw
-Fine-grit sandpaper
-Countertop adhesive

Preparing the Countertop

Mark the area on the countertop that you want to cut out.

Measuring the countertop

To measure the countertop, first find the width of the cabinet by measuring from the outside edge of one stile to the other. Write this measurement down. subtract 1/2 inch for an overhang on each side. This is your measurement A.

Next, measure the length of the countertop in several places and take the longest measurement. Write this measurement down as measurement B.

Now you will need to decide on the depth or thickness of your countertop. The most popular depth is 25 inches but you can install a laminate countertop that is as thin as 1 inch or as thick as 2 inches. Decide on your thickness and write this measurement down as Measurement C.

Cutting the laminate sheets

Most people who are familiar with basic carpentry skills can easily cut and trim laminate sheets. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure a professional looking finish.

First, make sure you have the right tools. You will need a sharp utility knife, a straight edge, and a dust mask to avoid inhaling the laminate particles.

Second, when cutting the laminate sheets, use a slow and steady motion. Don’t try to rush it or you may end up with a ragged edge.

Third, be sure to use a saw blade that is designed for cutting laminate. A regular wood saw blade will quickly become dull and will not give you as clean of a cut.

Finally, when trimming the edges of your laminate sheet, use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges.

Applying the laminate sheets

Applying the laminate sheets is a relatively easy process, but there are a few things you need to know before you get started. Here are the basic steps:

1. Clean the surface of the countertop thoroughly with a mild cleaner and a soft cloth. Make sure all dirt, dust, grease and grime are removed so that the laminate will adhere properly.

2. Measure the countertop carefully and cut the laminate sheets to size, using a sharp knife or shears.

3. Apply construction adhesive to the back of the laminate sheets, spreading it evenly with a putty knife or trowel.

4. Place the laminate sheets on the countertop, starting at one end and working your way to the other. Use a roller or weighted object to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.

5. Trim off any excess laminate with a sharp knife or shears. Seal all edges with plastic edge banding or trim molding.

Finishing the Countertop

After you’ve completed the rough cuts on your laminate countertop, it’s time to move on to the finishing cuts. You’ll need to make a series of straight cuts along the length of the countertop, as well as any cuts for outlets or other fixtures. With the right tools and a little practice, you can get professional-looking results.

Applying the edge banding

After the countertop has been cut to size and the glued edge trimmed, the next step is to apply an edge banding to
the exposed sides. Edge banding is a thin strip of veneer that is applied with contact cement. It comes in various widths
and thicknesses to match the chosen laminate.

To apply the edge banding, first make sure that the surface of the countertop is clean and free of any dust or debris.
Next, lay out the edge banding strips so that they are evenly spaced and aligned with the edges of the countertop.
Apply a thin layer of contact cement to both the edge banding strips and the edges of the countertop. Allow the cement
to become tacky before pressing the edge banding into place. Use a clamp or weights to hold the edge banding in place
while it dries. Once dry, trim off any excess edge banding with a sharp knife or chisel.

Trimming the excess laminate

Once the glue has dried, you can trim the excess laminate from the edges of the countertop. Use a sharp utility knife to score the laminate along the edge of the countertop. Be sure to score through both the laminate and backing paper. Then, snap the laminate along the scored line. You may need to use a putty knife or other tool to help break it cleanly. Finally, use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

Applying the silicone caulk

Applying the silicone caulk is the last step in finishing the countertop. Make sure to apply the caulk in a uniform bead around the entire edge of the countertop. Use a utility knife to cut away any excess caulk before it dries.


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