Due to some new appliances, I need to replace a Formica counter that has an
Can someone suggest the best way to cut a hole in the new counter to accept
a standard stainless sink? Should I drill and use a jigsaw? A plunge-cut
with a circular saw?
Thanks for any advice.
Either one of those will work.
You want to avoid splintering the laminate, so use a sharp blade. One
designed for plywood will be slow but safe. Put tape over the cut line,
then cut through the tape to minimize the chances of splinters.
I recommend a router if it's a below-counter sink and the edge has to
be pretty. Use a down-spiral bit that will push the laminate down.
Uhh Steve -
You guys install undermount sinks in laminate there in TX? Must be a
Kidding aside, how could you do this? The exposed edge would be
particle board, and would last about a week.
The best way I have found to do it is with a router.I ve done a few
for Habitat and make a new template every time I come across a new
sink. Jig saw works too. If I am making a new counter top to replace
an old one sometimes I use the old counter top to make my template. I
ve accumatled about a half dozen different templates now.
Drill and jigsaw works fine. Drill all four corners using as large a
radius as the sink will permit as sharp corners are more prone to
starting cracks. When sawing out the center with a jigsaw, saw from
the back side and support the center piece so it doesn't fall before
the cut is complete and crack or tear the laminate. Take a fine file
or medium sandpaper and dress (round slightly) the sharp Formica edge
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