Formica strip cutter

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Project by PaBull posted 11-05-2020 06:02 AM 731 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am refinishing an old conference table for my wife’s quilting room. The legs got painted. The top will be getting a new fomica on it. The table is 4’x7’. I was able to buy a sheet of 5’x8’ HPL. For the sides i needed to cut 4 2” wide strips. My tablesaw is buried in my garage. So I had to come up with a different solution. I build a base for my Dewalt battery operated skill saw. I used 1/8” plywood and 3/4 pine. On top is a 3/4” pine frame with two little buckles that hold the the saw in the jig. On the bottom I used 3/4×2” pine with a 1” strip of 1/8 plywood to build the guide. The guide is screwed on from the top, so I can, in the future, use it to cut strips in different widths.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 11-05-2020 04:47 PM

I noticed that laminate these days is much thinner than it used to be. I recently made a countertop and used my trusty old carbide tipped scoring knife ($12) and a straight edge. I used to score it 2-3 times and then it would snap in a perfect line. Now scoring it twice goes all the way through. I was using Formica┬« product. I found that I could also cut it just fine with a kitchen shears. Saw works great but creates dust which you don’t want in the area when using contact cement. The smallest particles will create noticeable bumps in the top if they get under the laminate.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#2 posted 11-05-2020 09:34 PM

Thanks NorthWoodsMan. It has been 30 years since I had my own cabinet shop. So I am kind of reinventing the process.
And yes I noticed too that the laminate was thinner. I thought for a moment that bought the wrong stuff.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 01:44 PM

Clever jig, to sole the job.
Love the hold function.
Good to see you are busy and playing.
Happy wife.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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