How to cut a Formica countertop

How to Make a Formica Countertop

A Formica countertop is made by placing Formica sheets on top of your existing countertop. Formica is versatile enough to be used not only on kitchen countertops, but also as an installation material for bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Formica sheets come in a variety of textures, patterns, and colors and are easy to purchase. Follow the directions below to create your own Formica countertop.

Step 1 - cut a chipboard to measure the countertop

Use a circular saw to cut a chipboard to the size of the countertop. Leave a 1 inch clearance for the Formica edges touching the wall. Cut strips of chipboard 4 inches wide and the length of the edges. Glue the strips to the underside of the chipboard along the edges and attach 1¼-inch wood screws. Sand the edges for a more even effect.

Step 2 - Lay out the Formica laminate

Lay the Formica flat on a flat surface and mark the dimensions of the countertop on it. Leave a ½ inch tolerance around the edges of each side. Place a 2 by 4 inch sheet of wood under the laminate and line up the tops. Firmly attach the sheet to the wood.

Step 3 - Countertop Coverings

Use a router bit to cut the sheet along the lines. Cut the side strips for the countertop siding about 1½ inches wide and 1 inch long.

Step 4 - apply contact cement

Brush contact cement onto the short side of the laminate and onto the plywood end. Let the materials dry completely. If you want, add a second layer of contact cement.

Step 5 - Apply the laminate

Lay the laminate on top of the plywood and smooth the area with your hands. You can use a J-roller to press the materials firmly for a smoother finish. Trim off any excess Formica laminate. Smooth the edges and chipboard with a file.

Step 6 - apply contact cement and adhesive

Use a roller to apply contact cement to the back of the top of the laminate. Apply glue to the plywood. Let the contact cement and adhesive dry completely.

Step 7 - Join the laminate to the plywood

Place dowels on the plywood board at 12-inch intervals. Position the Formica laminate right side up over the dowels. Let the laminate and plywood line up with the laminate that does not come in contact with the plywood. Take out the middle dowel and press the laminate down. Take out the dowels and press the materials into place. If there is excess on the edges, cut it off.

Step 8 - create the backsplash

Create a backsplash for the laminate by cutting a piece of plywood that is 5½ inches wide and the length of the countertop. Process the backsplash attachment in the same way as the countertop. The bottom of the backsplash front should be caulked and aligned with the back of the countertop. Screw them tight. Install the countertop.