Making HPL sheets, which are also referred to by the name composite panel, can be similar to the process of cutting hardwood. This is due to the fact that HPL is made up of natural fibres protected by a tough EBC top layer composed of synthetic resin. In this article we’ll explain the best method of cutting HPL using a jigsaw, or circular saw.
Cutting requirements for HPL:
- Circular saw blade, with teeth that alternate or trapezoidal
- Jigsaw that has variable speeds and adjustable pendulum.
- Lock pliers or glue clamps
- Blades for hacksaws (for ferrous metals that are not non-ferrous) for the jigsaw
- Masking tape
- A pen or pencil
- Safety glasses
- Baseboard through which drill could be run
Before you begin the cutting HPL…
When you buy HPL panels you’ll see that they’re usually supplied with an extra layer of protection that helps prevent the panels from being damaged during storage and transportation. It’s also beneficial to keep this film in place when you plan use cutting HPL panels as it stops it from being damaged when cutting. It is also recommended to mark the cutting line with masking tape before beginning cutting.
Selecting the appropriate HPL cutting blade
To cut HPL the right way, you require a saw blade that has sharp teeth to ensure that you receive a clean cut. We suggest using a metal saw that also cuts aluminum and iron. If you’re using a circular saw you should utilize an alternating-tooth blade, or a the trapezoidal blade with flat teeth.
Cutting HPL sheet using the help of a Jigsaw
When cutting HPL using a jigsaw, make sure to set the pendulum’s angle at the position 1. If you place it higher, this can cause cracks to the finish. If you choose to use the positions 2 and 3 the saw blade performs an up and down motion which is the forward stroke. In order to cut HPL sheet in a clean manner, let the saw teeth be set on the opposite side of the printed layer in a way that the sole of the saw passes over the reverse of the sheet. When cutting, use the medium speed of cutting and make sure you are sure that the sole of your jigsaw fully aligned to the sheets. The blade will take the job and press the jigsaw with a gentle push across the cut line.
Sawing HPL panels using circular saws
If you’d prefer to cut your HPL panels using circular saws the same principle is applicable to let the saw’s teeth pass through the side that is printing. Be sure that the cutting depth is between three and four times the thickness of the panel. If you own circular saws that do not have splinter protection, we suggest tapering the cutting line with large masking tape. We recommend that you wear safety glasses when cutting HPL.
HPL sheets that are cut custom to fit your needs
Do you prefer not having cutting HPL sheets by yourself? Place your order for HPL panels through our online store We’ll cut them to the size you require for you at no cost. Your order will be delivered in the shortest time possible. In case you’ve got any concerns regarding this blog or our products, don’t hesitate to reach us.