So, you decided you’d like to use slatwall paneling for your next project. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself enthusiast or a contractor, to install slatwall panels easily in your home or in a commercial property, you need to know the best way to cut them.
While different approaches for cutting the individual panels exist, we created our own guide on the best way to cut panels based on our own experience and the experience of our customers.
In this article, we’ll dive into some essential tips on how to cut slatwall panels like a pro.
What You'll Need
How much does slatwall cost? This is something you’ll need to investigate before embarking on your project in order to be able to figure out which panels to purchase.
Before getting started, you'll also need to know how to hang slatwall panels and have some reliable tools on hand. The most important items are a circular saw or jigsaw, tape measure or ruler, pencil, utility knife, and safety glasses.
Depending on the type of panel you're working with and its thickness, it will also be helpful to have a drill and correct size screws. Ensure you have a clean, safe working space that is free from clutter or debris because you want to avoid anything that can compromise safety or cause you to miscut your panels.
Measuring and Marking
Accurate measurements are essential when cutting slatwall panels. The first step is measuring the desired length before marking it with a pencil along either side of the panel. This will help ensure that both sides are cut evenly when using a saw or jigsaw. For multiple cuts in one panel, it can be helpful to draw lines to guide the process so each piece lines up correctly after being cut.
Choosing an Appropriate Saw Blade
The next step is selecting the right saw blade for your project's needs. If you're cutting thinner materials (three-eighths inch or less), then choose a finer-toothed blade such as one designed specifically for cutting melamine board or plywood veneer sheets. If you're working with thicker pieces (up to two inches), opt for a larger-toothed blade meant for cutting thick laminate boards, chipboard sheets, or wooden slats. Always make sure that your saw blade is properly fastened in place before beginning any cuts because this will reduce vibration during operation which can damage the material and tool over time if left unchecked.
It's also important that precautions are taken while operating any power tool. This applies especially when using circular saws or jigsaws because they can produce sparks when used on certain types of materials such as metal plate edges or slatwalls with rough surfaces.
Always wear protective goggles while working with these tools. Additionally, to avoid injury to others, keep people away from the work area until you have finished making your cuts and have finished cleaning up debris resulting from the cutting process.
Making the Cuts
When you are ready to make your cuts, start at one of the ends you want to be made. This will allow for smoother transitions between each line segment because you will have more control over how much pressure is being applied.
Be very careful not to press too hard against either side of the material because this can cause chipping along its edges. This is one of the biggest issues encountered when cutting. A chipped edge will usually mean that the entire panel will be wasted or the overall aesthetic of your slatwall will be sacrificed. Remember that slow speeds help produce cleaner cuts than faster ones, so make sure you understand your saw’s speed function and keep it set at a reasonable and steady speed.
Cutting slatwall panels requires skill and precision, but it can be achieved with the right amount of care and effort. Investing in quality tools and giving yourself the time to get acquainted with the process is recommended, especially for those with little experience.
Follow these tips and you should have no difficulty making the right cuts so as to complete a beautiful, sturdy slatwall installation project!