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best tool to use for cutting kitchen worktops to size?

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by largerjt, 12 Jun 2007.

  1. largerjt

    largerjt

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    as the tital says really?
    any help would be great
    thanks
    rob
     
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    circulat saw with a straight edge?
     
  3. largerjt

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    Hi, thanks for your reply. Do i cut from the bottom or top? and from back to front? or the other way round?
    thanks again
    Rob
     
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    Circular saw will cut down, so If I was doing it, I'd cut face up from front to back. Any break out would then be at the back of the worktop and any chip's would be on the bottom. Is it possible to make a test cut first ?

    You may however wish to wait for the proper grown up's to comment I am strictly a DIY'er.
     
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    front to back upside down edd :D ;)
    its the front off the sawblade on the upstroke that cuts

    also 2mm protruding
     
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    I could have sworn my circular saw cuts downward with the blade rotating clockwise :oops: hence my good advice to wait for a 'grown up' :D

    Home now, well jigger me I'm a pillock ! Rotates anti clockwise, so big all (unsurprisingly) is correct, face DOWN, cuts on the up "stroke" :D

    "We are all still learning" :D :D :oops:
     
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    In this forum??? Don't hold your breath :LOL:
     
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    As a professional kitchen fitter do I pass as a grown up?

    I always use a jigsaw to cut worktops. I would recommend a minimum of 650watts with a Bosch T144D blade (jigsaw has to be bayonet blade compatible).

    Measure your cut & mark your cutting line with a sharp stanley knife against a spirit level (NB always place the spirt level on the waste side of the line - if it slips you'll only damage the bit you don't want)

    A stanley knife provides a very clean & narrow line and because you've scored the laminate surface, will reduce any major chipping out as a result of badly adhered laminate.

    Here's the clever bit - a T144D blade chips out on the upstroke but leaves a very clean cut in all laminates on the underside, therefore turn your jigsaw upside down, place the jigsaw foot against the underside of the worktop and guide the blade (the only bit you can now see) slowly along your score mark from the front of the worktop to the back. Because you only have the bottom of the blade to look at the body of the jigsaw (underneath the worktop) won't obstruct your view!

    Shhhh tho - trade secret:cool:
     
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    Yes, you do!

    Don't you mean t'other way around :?:
     
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    Fraid not Eddie, if the level is on the waste side of your cut line and you're scoring against it - its only going to move further onto the waste side.

    I probably didn't explain it well enough, but I know what I mean :LOL: [/quote]
     
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    PS I just spent 10 minutes scoring imaginary lines just to make sure, but it's good to question these things - familiarity breeds.......

    I'll get me anorak.
     
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    and the next time you come to do one (of which youve done a thousand times without thinking) youll stop and think and get totally confused and doubt yourself! :LOL:
     
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    I'm another who use a circular saw cutting front to rear from the underside. In my experience jigsaws, even industrial ones, still wander too much (at least my Metabo and the previous deWalt do/did - when I'm forced to use someone else's DIY model it gives me the shudders), so for straight cuts I rate a straight edge, circular saw and fine TCT blade as superior.

    Scrit
    (Trying to act his age and not his shoe size)
     
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    all you have to remember is the blade will always [normaly ;) ]
    cut pulling the work onto the base plate or table

    so a table saw front edge of blade cuts/ pulls down onto table
    circ saw up onto base plate
    jigsaw up onto base plate

    reciprical saw back onto guide plate

    the normal exception is a laminate down cut blade that will push the machine off the worktop
     
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    thanks everyone for your replies.
     
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