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Best way to make good job of existing kitchen counter top trim

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by kez1, 11 Jul 2016.

  1. kez1

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    Need to trim/ saw off end of counter top to be able to squeeze fridge in.
    See photos.
    Current gap is way too tight. Fridge is exactly 60cm across.
    Pushing fridge back more is not going to work; guy who fitted kitchen left gap way too tight.
    Kitchen was fitted for previous owner.
    Max possible saw trim to edge is 3cm. Going to trim it 2.5cm.
    Need to save end laminate trim to put it back.
    Getting in against the wall will no doubt not be that easy.
    Job will have to be done in-situ.
    All ideas appreciated.

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  2. foxhole

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    Trim with hand saw, may have to make good wall as saw will mark it, fit cover trim, unlikely you can remove existing in one piece, [hot iron and thin blade is best chance to remove].
     
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  3. kez1

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    Someone suggested jigsaw on fast setting using blade that cuts on down cut only, to save ripping top on up-cut. Don't want expense of buying jigsaw. Can you recommend method for really straight line and vertical cut. I'm not to bad with a saw when I take it slowly but I'm finding it difficult to see how I can make this cut and stick the trim back on the edge so it's nice.
     
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    I'd consider cutting through the silicone sealant at the back and unscrewing brackets underneath to remove the worktop.

    If using a circular saw, the worktop should be upside down to minimise damage to the surface.

    If I had to leave it in situ, I'd personally use a router against a straight edge as far as possible (about 10pm depth cut per pass) then finish off with a multi tool with flat fine tooth wood blade (on a slight downward angle). This will allow you to get right to the end
     
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    Use a hand saw and saw upwards from underneath so the edge of the cabinet acts as a guide. Put a piece of scrap wood underneath of you want to retain a small amount of side overhang.

    You won't be able to save and refit the edge strip, and the edge of the worktop will be rough as you're sawing upwards, so you'll need to fit one of the metal edging strips.

    Alternative is to sell the 60 cm fridge and buy a 55 cm one.
     
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    Jigsaw will wander and leave a sloping edge, and will not cut to the rear. Only a hand saw can do this, a multitool could cut to the back but material is too thick for a clean level cut. Needs a belt sander to finish edge smooth enough to take trim.
    Sheet of ply on top , then sit on this to give yourself a straight edge to cut to from above.Cutting from below will damage the top edge.
     
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    track saw,then a hand saw.but the best suggestion is to remove the silicone and worktop then cut it properly,unless its joined on a masons mitre??
     
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    Router and multi-tool are what I'd go for too...but I already own both tools.
     
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