The technology of working with a laminate should provide for the fact that during the installation process it will be necessary to trim the canvas along the length or width. The average buyer, who decided to carry out these works on his own, has a completely reasonable question of how to saw the laminate at home.
To trim the laminated board, both hand tools and electrical equipment can be used. The quality of the cut varies in each case, but if you follow the basic instructions, the result is almost always positive.
# 1. Hacksaw for metal
Hacksaw is the easiest and cheapest tool for cutting laminate
A hacksaw with a small tooth is the simplest tool for cutting laminitis. Such a tool is often found even in people far from repair and decoration.
General recommendations for working with a hacksaw are as follows:
- check the tension of the metal sheet. It must be securely fixed;
- apply the necessary marking on the surface of the laminate with a thin marker or construction pencil;
- take a rigid support and fix the panel in any convenient way;
- make a light gash along the line and with slow but smooth movements start sawing the lamella.
This tool will require a lot of time to cut the lamella, since the laminate is a very dense material. The quality of the saw cut strongly depends on the ability to work with a hacksaw and patience.
Before cutting the laminate with a hacksaw, try the tool on an ordinary block of wood or thick plywood. This will allow you to understand at what pace it is most convenient to work, how the canvas behaves on dense material, etc.
# 2. Laminate Cutter
A manual cutter for a laminate is a specialized tool made in the form of a supporting structure with a fixed cutting blade. The principle of operation can be compared with the guillotine. The thickness of the cut material and the length of the cut itself varies depending on the model.
The average thickness of the laminate rarely exceeds 0.8-1 cm. Therefore, it makes no sense to buy professional cutters. Enough equipment of the middle price category cost 1500-1700 rubles.
A cutter for a laminated board allows you to get a quick result at minimum cost
Can be cut both along and across the blade. The only thing is that the quality of cutting along the blade strongly depends on the length of the cutting element. But for laying the last row, the quality of the edge does not play much role, since the cut-off part will be covered with a plinth.
The process of working with the torch is as follows:
- marking the front of the laminate;
- we take the handle with the blade back and lay the panel on the supporting structure;
- we expose the panel so that the line of the cut of the part we need is just to the right of the knife (to the left for left-handed people);
- gently lower the handle until it contacts the panel, press and saw until the unwanted piece is cut off.
After the cut, the front side remains flat and intact, and pieces of paper and torn edges may remain on the back side, which should be sanded with sandpaper.
For more expensive and professional cutters, the edge on both sides is more even, since the handle has more weight, and the blade sharpening itself is better.
# 3. Electric jigsaw
Jigsaw is the most convenient tool for obtaining high-quality saw cut without chips, damage and burrs. Due to the high frequency of the course, the cutting of the laminate can be done in the shortest possible time.
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For a thin laminate, you can use the cheapest jigsaw cost of 1300-1500 rubles, designed for cutting wood up to 7 mm thick. A thicker and better laminate will require a more professional tool: power 550-750 watts, cost 2500-3500 rubles.
If you plan to purchase a jigsaw for future use, we recommend that you immediately take the second option, since a cheap power tool has a short service life.
The electric jigsaw is the perfect solution for working with wood cladding
In order to saw the laminate with a jigsaw you will need to purchase a separate file for the laminate. Standard marking is T101BR. This is a blade with reverse teeth, the pitch of the cutting elements is 2.5 mm with a working length of 74-75 mm. The average price is 200 rubles.
Before drawing a guide on the surface of the panel, you should find out which side you can saw this panel. Typically, the instructions specify this item, as some manufacturers allow you to cut along the front layer.
The process of fitting a laminate using a jigsaw is as follows:
- Remove the factory universal blade and install the file for the laminate.
- On the back of the lamella, apply a cut line with a pencil.
- It fixes the lamella so that under the cut line there is free space for the file to move.
- If the jigsaw has a pendulum stroke mode, then it should be turned off.
- Set the jigsaw in front of the cut line, but do not rest the blade until it is turned on.
- Turn on and lightly press, saw off the panel.
The principle of working with a jigsaw is quite simple and will not cause any special difficulties. In the process of cutting, try not to rush, do not put pressure on the tool, work smoothly and measuredly.
# 4. Circular Saw
A circular saw allows you to get the highest quality result possible. The main disadvantage is the ability to work with the tool and the high cost of the tool itself.
A circular saw requires skills and experience with the tool
There are domestic and professional varieties. Professional equipment is equipped with a stand, support structure and clamp. This allows you to securely lock the panel.
The minimum price for a household circular saw starts from 1800-2000 rubles per tool of the lowest quality. We recommend purchasing only if a “circular” is required for work in addition to laying the laminate. But in this case, it is better to look at more expensive and powerful copies.
To work, you need a saw blade on the laminate. Disc size 160-200 mm, thickness not more than 2 mm, the number of cutting elements. 48 pcs. The bore hole is selected according to the tool. The minimum price is 500-700 rubles.
The work sequence will consist of the following:
- take the protective cover back and put the stop;
- loosen and remove the fixing nut from the standard disc. Install the disk over the laminate and fix the nut with a wrench;
- using the protractor, set the disk perpendicular to the laminate panel;
- mark the front of the panel;
- set the circular saw, turn it on and gently cut along the cut line.
During cutting, the saw should be gently pushed forward. Try not to do jerking, do not tilt the tool itself, as the fishing line will cut at an angle. If possible, better entrust the work to a professional or practice on unnecessary pieces of wood.
# 5. Angle grinder
An angle grinder or a manual angle grinder is a compromise when the tool is available and there is no way to look for something else. Laminate can be cut with an angle grinder, but it is strongly not recommended to purchase this tool specifically for these works.
Manual angle grinder is not the best choice when working with laminate
For cutting laminated boards, you can use a disk for ceramic tiles. Cutting should only be done on the front of the lamella. In the process of work, the cutting blade should be carried out “on itself” and the angle grinder should be held firmly by hand.
It is difficult to single out the special advantages of this approach, since it is not a specialized tool that requires work skills. If possible, it is better to abandon its use.
As a result, it turns out that it is better to saw the laminate with an electric jigsaw, a circular saw or a hacksaw with a metal blade. With the skill, you can also use an angle grinder, but the speed and quality of work will significantly decrease.