My father/mother-in-law bought a new stove top for their kitchen. When the installer tried to place it in the old opening, he found that it was 1" too large for the countertop. We are going to cut 1/2" off each side of the Corian top but are wondering the best saw to use. I have a Craftsman All-in-one Cutting Tool, can I use it to make the cuts? The saw spins at either 20,000 or 30,000 RPM. Is that too fast? Should I tape the edge where the cut will be so the end doesn't splinter? What type of blade should I use? Will Tungsten Carbide work?
Thank you in advance for your help!
Don't attempt to cut the top with the tool you describe. Use a minimum 2 1/2HP router with a 1/2" collet and a 1/2"straight bit. Clamp a straight edge to the top at both ends to guide the router. You must leave a radius at all four corners or the top will crack from the heat. You also need to ease the top and bottom edges of the cutout and lint the opening with soft aluminum heat tape. If I were you I'd call a Corian fabricator to do the job. If the top is still in warranty you will void it by doing the job yourself.