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How to cut Trespa®

It’s easy to cut Trespa® panels, as long as you use sharp tools and work carefully. However, cutting Trespa® panels is very similar to sawing hardwood, so we don’t recommend cutting Trespa® with a handsaw. In this blog, we’ll give you some practical tips and tricks to cut your Trespa® panels for a successful result.

Requirements for cutting Trespa®:

  • Glue clamps or locking pliers
  • Base plate into which the drill can run
  • Jigsaw blade
  • Circular saw blade
  • Safety glasses
  • Hacksaw for jigsaw (for non-ferrous metals)

The basics of cutting Trespa®

If you’re going to cut a Trespa® worktop, for example, we recommend using a jigsaw or a circular saw. Many Trespa® panels come with a protective film that prevents the sheet from getting damaged while being stored or transported. This protective film is also handy when cutting Trespa®. We strongly recommend applying an additional layer of masking tape (or similar) to mark the cutting lines on. The best cut is achieved with a sawtooth entry of 45º.

Cutting Trespa® with a jigsaw

Jigsaws usually have three pendulum positions. In positions two and three, the saw blade makes a forward stroke as well as moving up and down. When sawing Trespa® panels, this leads to cracks in the finishing layer. If you cut Trespa® with a jigsaw, always set the pendulum position to position one. Use a hacksaw blade with which you can also cut non-ferrous metals such as iron and aluminium. These types of saws have fine teeth so that you can achieve a tight cut. If you’re cutting HPL with a jigsaw, follow these steps:

  • Put on safety glasses.
  • Apply strips of masking tape on which you can mark the cutting lines to prevent damage to the Trespa® panels.
  • Cut the panel with the decorative layer uppermost where the saw teeth will enter; the jigsaw sole will then run over the back of the panel.
  • Cut the panel at high speed to get through it smoothly and make sure the jigsaw sole is completely flush with the panel while cutting.
  • The saw determines the cutting speed. Let the saw do the work and only push the jigsaw lightly along the cutting line.
  • After cutting, you can smooth the sharp edges with sandpaper or a router.
Cutting Trespa with a circular saw or jigsaw

Cutting Trespa® with a circular saw

The saw cut is also determined by the saw blade when you cut Trespa® panels with a circular saw. We recommend an alternating tooth or trapezoid flat tooth saw blade for the best result. As for the depth of the cut, three to four times the thickness of the panel is advisable. As mentioned above, let the saw teeth enter the panel on the side with the decorative layer. To cut Trespa® with a circular saw, proceed as follows:

  • Put on safety glasses.
  • Apply strips of masking tape on which you can mark the cutting lines to prevent damage to the Trespa® panels or use the splinter protection.
  • Set the cutting depth.
  • Set the saw teeth in on the decorative side and let the saw do the work.
  • Saw the panel at high speed to cut through it smoothly and make sure the jigsaw’s sole is completely flush with the panel while cutting.
  • And after cutting, smooth away the sharp edges with sandpaper or a router.

Cutting Trespa® with a multi-tool or angle grinder

Trespa®’s general guidelines recommend cutting these panels with a wall saw, jigsaw, fixed circular saw, or hand-held circular saw. If you’re going to use a hand-held circular saw, Trespa® recommends that you have the non-decorative side facing upwards while sawing. In addition, to prevent the Trespa® panels from sliding, insert templates with a rubber mat are recommended.

Order Trespa® cut to size

Would you prefer to leave cutting Trespa® panels to the experts? Of course, this is another option! Order your panels directly in our webshop, and we’ll cut them to size for you in any shape you require. And we can also cut Trespa® to your own design. All you have to do is to upload your design as a DXF file. If you have any questions about this blog or any of our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us.