The hubs and I have been working on a project that I should have installed and ready to show you next week, but I thought I’d share a little tip with you in the meantime.
Cutting can be a problem if the wood is too thin or if you are cutting something with a laminate overlay because the wood will splinter or the laminate (which is just really thin plastic,) will chip. That doesn’t make for a very pretty finished product. And let’s face it if you are going to haul out your power tools and make a big mess, you better have something lovely in the end to show for it. Right?
I used this trick awhile back when we were installing white laminate counter tops (yet another project that I haven’t posted here yet…ugh.) So when we had to cut this really thin (5mm) underlayment I knew just what to do.
This is the best way to cut wood without it splintering…and it won’t take you but an extra 10 seconds.
First, you will need to mark your cut with a pencil. So do your measurements (twice) and get ready to cut (once.)
Once you have your line, tape along your mark with painters tape, so that the line is on the side of the piece of wood that you don’t want to keep.
Then make your cut along the line with your saw.
The tape holds the wood together so that even the cheapest piece of wood comes out with a clean edge.
I’m using these pieces of underlayment in a part of a project that will be visible so I don’t want all those ugly splinters. Hopefully I’ll have it done this weekend and ready to show it to you next week!
Have a fabulous weekend!