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Cutting sheet laminate

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by skip11, 17 Feb 2019.

  1. skip11

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    Hi needing some advice just bought a new fireplace and it comes with a laminate back panel what’s the best way to cut out the gap for the fire
     
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    Can you tell us what material it is, and its thickness?
    John :)
     
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    3mm plastic laminate
     
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    Initially I'd drill a hole in the laminate corners to prevent breakout. This could also be used to start or terminate a cut made by a jigsaw.
    Whether cut by hand or machine, I'd make sure any saw had a fine toothed blade.....if you fancy using a jigsaw, consider using a sheet of ply (6mm) both below and above the laminate, clamping it down and then sawing through both. The laminate mustn't be allowed to 'chatter'.
    Presumably you have a template to work to?
    John :)
     
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    Get yourself a Goscut 2000 off ebay. Best tool ever for cutting laminates (but still drill the corners first as John suggests to prevent cracks propagating from them). I've had one (complete with 3 blades) since the early 1970s. Later ones were sold as the Eclipse 2000

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    For sure I'd forgotten about those, having cut many miles of Formica :eek:
    Would it handle 3mm stuff, do you think?
    John :)
     
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    Yes. AFAIK most horizontal grade laminate is 2 to 2.5mm thick - some of the special surface finish stuff is a lot thicker. They'll cut ally sheet as well. The trick is to buy one with all THREE cutters
     
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