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How to Make Cutouts for Appliances in the Kitchen

Here's how to make space to install a cooktop, stove and sink in the kitchen.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Mark the Spot to Be Cut

Using a template, mark out the spot with a pencil where the hole needs to be cut.

Tip: Line up tape around the pencil mark so you are able to see the line a little better when you begin cutting.

Step 2: Cut the Laminate

Use a trim saw to cut the laminate. It's an accurate blade but not aggressive so you'll need to make a series of shallow cuts. The first cut should just cut through the laminate surface. After the first cut lower the blade about an 1/2" for the next pass. Continue lowering the blade until you are all the way through.

Note: Trim saw rental is approximately $25 a day.

use trim saw to cut laminate

Step 3: Slide in the Appliances

Set the stovetop into the counter opening, and note that it comes with special clips to hold it in place.

Now it's time to slide the new stove (Image 1) into the cabinet space and it takes just a few screws to hold it in place.

To cut the rounded corners for the sink, use a hole saw to drill through the counter (Image 2). Since less precision is needed you can then use a jigsaw to cut out the rest of the counter.




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