Selecting The Proper Table Saw Blade
| February 4, 2015 | 9:11 am

Saw Blade Image

Whether you’re taking on a new project or just working your way back into your shop or garage, selecting the proper tool for the job is of the utmost importance. When it comes to using saw blades, there truly is a precise science that goes into making sure you make the correct choice. We could discuss dozens of possible uses and scenarios but today we will focus on selecting the proper Table Saw Blade.

It is often that I hear our customers say “I will just buy a good General Purpose Saw Blade because I am on a budget”. This statement puts me in a bit of an awkward position.  While I want everyone to have the right blade for their needs, I realize that quality tools can be costly at times. However, that does not mean you have to sacrifice quality for cost.  If you are going to spend your hard earned money on one tool in the garage or shop, spend it on a quality saw blade.

Depending on the type of material you are working with (wood, plastic, metal), your saw blade selection can mean all the difference in the world. Even if you don’t have the best table saw money can buy, a good quality blade can make beautiful, straight and accurate cuts.  Here are the important questions to ask when selecting the proper Table Saw Blade and their answers below:

  • What is my desired output?
  • What type of material will I be cutting?
  • How long do I want my blade to last?

When selecting a table saw blade, the most important question to ask what your desired output should be.

If you’re looking to just “Rip” some material, or make fast inaccurate cuts, then your standard 10 inch carbide-tipped General Purpose Saw Blade will do the trick. General Purpose Blades typically feature a low tooth count, high hook angle and deep gullets to make them an aggressive, fast cutting solution. Don’t worry, we will explain these terms further down if you’re unfamiliar with them.

Not all General Purpose Saw Blades are made equally so make sure you do your homework. Amana Saw Blades have set the industry standard for the last couple of decades and quality is never a concern with any of their products.  Amana Tool# 610300 is a great 30 tooth blade for “ripping” and “cross cutting” wood and the best part is it’s under a hundred dollars.

If you desire more accurate cuts and demand nothing less than perfection, continue on reading through the article to find more precise solutions to your needs…


Another important thing to consider is the type of material you will be cutting into.

Sure a General Purpose blade will cut just about any wood product, plastic or non-ferrous metal out there but the quality of the cut and the risks of associated with  using a the wrong blade aren’t worth the time, aggravation and money you will end up wasting.

Selecting the proper blade to cut your material is paramount to the success of your project and the overall lifetime you get out of your blade. Let’s discuss a couple common scenarios most shops or Do-It-Yourselfers will face…

  • Say you are building cabinets and working with a dual sided melamine (melamine on either side of the wood product). The most common mistake people make is “tearing out” the underside of the board by using the wrong type of saw blade. A “tear out” is when the melamine chips away from the board and leaves you with rough or splintered edge. This is also common when working with some veneers and plywood. As a woodworker, we demand nothing short of perfection. While “tear outs” aren’t common, they do occur but every one that does was avoidable.
  • Sticking with the industry leaders, Amana Tool# MB10800 is a Melamine and Laminate Saw Blade that can be found in almost every cabinet shop and many garages around the world. Not only are they the perfect blade for   cutting melamine, but they totally eliminate chipping and splintering when cutting plastic laminate such as Formica and Wilsonart sheets, MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), Plywood, Particle Board and other Chip Boards  and even Non-Ferrous Metals. This eliminates the need for scoring the board before cutting into it.
  • What if you are just cutting natural hardwoods like Oak, Maple or Mahogany? Or softwoods such as Pine, Birch or Ash? Well you can use that Amana 610300 or any General Purpose Blade to get the task completed. But that’s not going to provide you with that perfection you’re demanding will it? There are two types of blades you will need when cutting wood that have a grain.


Cross Cutting Saw Blades are used to cut across the grain and typically feature more teeth (between 60 – 96) to quickly and efficiently move wood fibers out of the way. This is why you would typically find blades such as these in any heavy-production cabinet shop. We use and recommend the Amana Tool# 610600 for cross cutting hardwoods and softwoods.

Ripping Saw Blades are used to cut along the grain and usually have less teeth (between 20 to 30) and deeper gullets for faster chip ejection. There are all sorts of Ripping Blades suited for various needs but rather than list them all off and the roles the fill, we will focus on Combination Ripping and Crosscut Saw Blades. These blades, such as the Amana Tool# 610504, typically have 50-60 teeth and they can rip or cut Plywood, Hardwood/Softwood and Chip Board.

Saw Blade Technical Image


There are a few other things to consider when purchasing or using the correct saw blade and some terms you will need to familiarize yourself with.

  • Blade vibration or “resonance” can cause warping of the blade, chipping and splintering of material you’re cutting and may eventually damage your saw. If you have the option, use a blade equipped with a heavy duty plate for added stability and to reduce vibration. The previously mentioned Amana MB10800 is a great example of such a blade.
  • If you are experiencing issues with vibration, check your table saw from time to time to ensure proper alignment. The blade and fence should be exactly parallel to the miter slot. If this doesn’t work, check to make sure the       arbors and collars are clean. You should also check the drive belt for slippage. If you’ve followed these steps and still experience vibration problems, consider using a Blade Stabilizer to increase the overall stiffness of the      blade.
  • The biggest drawback to working with wood is it’s susceptibility to humidity. It is constantly changing shape and size as it absorbs the moisture in the air and determining the proper blade is crucial to having the finished product you desired. When working with Steel, Aluminum or other metals, ensure you blade is designed for that sort of application to prevent damage to you, your saw and your blade.
  • The most important part of your table saw is the blade. You can probably get decent cuts on an average blade. However, choosing the correct blade for the right application, proper teeth per inch and proper tooth configuration or “Grind” will ensure you end up with the desired end result. Some common Grinds you will come across are listed below.


ATB – Alternate Top Bevel means the bevel on the teeth will alternate Left and Right for each tooth. These are commonly found on General Purpose, Combination and Crosscutting Saw Blades.

ATB Grind Image

H-ATB – Higher Alternate Top Bevel has a higher grind and longer teeth for chip-free cutting of Melamine eliminating the need for scoring.

H-ATB Grind Image

4+1 – Combination Tooth of four alternate top bevels and one flat ground tooth that are separated by large gullets. These are also found in combination and general purpose blades.

4+1 Grind Image

TCG – Triple Chip Grind has an alternating flat tooth and a higher, chamfered, corner less tooth that is most commonly used to cut hard materials, plastics and non-ferrous metal.

TCG Grind Image


  • Tooth Angles are also extremely important when selecting the proper saw blade. Below you will find some commonly used terms and their definitions.
  •  Hook or Rake Angle – This is the angle at which the saw tooth “leans”. Positive Hook Angle means the tooth leans forward to a degree. Higher angles are typically used on soft materials or for faster ripping.
  • Lower angles are usually used on hard materials. Negative Angles mean the tooth “leans” backward and are almost always used for cutting materials that require a slower, less aggressive approach such as laminate, melamine   and metal. This allows you to guide the material at a more controlled pace for a cleaner cut.
  • Other common terms you will come across are “Kerf” represented by the letter “B” and this is quite simply the largest width of the saw tooth. “Plate” thickness on which the teeth are brazed represented by the letter “C”. These two are numerical values listed in both inches and millimeters. Finally, you will see the DiameterD” which is the overall diameter of the blade and the Bored” and this refers to the diameter of the arbor hole or keyhole. The Bore and Diameter are also represented in inches and millimeters.

Well this concludes our brief discussion on selecting the proper Saw Blade. We hope this article can be used as an aide for those of you looking for some guidance. If you would like more information on this subject or if you would like to view some of the products discussed, please drop by our website at CabinetmakerWarehouse


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Cabinetmaker Warehouse At International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
| August 13, 2014 | 6:45 am

IWF Show

Cabinetmaker Warehouse will be featuring brand new products from the top manufacturers and suppliers in the industry at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. You can see hot new products from Deco Edge, Blum, Rev-A-Shelf, Formica, Wilsonart, Karran and many more. Whether you’ve come to look at machinery or get caught up on designs that are shifting the industry, visit us at Booth #4165 August 20th through the 23rd at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is a great place for industry professionals and businesses to showcase some of their top notch products and services. We will be displaying the newest product line from Deco Edge. Three hot new profiles of laminate countertop trim: a sleek, redefined Bevel Edge; a Bullnose Edge of superior quality and craftsmanship; and a patented, elegant Ogee Edge. Each of these edge profiles are manufactured in hundreds of color and finish combinations from Formica & Wilsonart. The choices are virtually limitless.

At IWF, you will only find the best quality products from cabinetmakers, countertop fabricators and others in the industry. We have selected a number of outstanding items we believe are crucial to the industry such as Blum’s Tandem plus Blumotion, soft close drawer slides that have revolutionized the way cabinet drawers are closed. Also from Blum, their CLIPTop and Compact Blumotion Soft Close hinges that make slamming cabinet doors a thing of the past. A slight tap on the door will result in a soft and quite close, every time.

Remember the days of shuffling through cabinets trying to find that one spice or ingredient only to find out you have made a mess of your kitchen in your frantic search? Those days have been eliminated with the advent of the Lazy Susan. While this is not a relatively new invention, Rev-A-Shelf  has emerged as the leading manufacturer of Lazy Susans and Cabinet Organizers. At booth #4165, you will find the latest and greatest in Banded Wood & Polymer Lazy Susans. Available in one, two or three shelves of various heights. You will find Lazy Susans multiple in shapes such as Full Circle, Kidney and Half Moon, one to fit every possible need. You can also stop by to view the all-new Rev-A-Motion pullout organizers for cabinet bases. These sleek new organizers feature Blum’s Soft Close Blumotion Technology.

Don’t think we forgot to showcase the only Undermount Sink designed for seamless installation in laminate countertops. We will be displaying the top of the line Edge Stainless Steel Undermount Snks from Karran USA. With offerings such as single bowl vanity sinks to extra-large double bowl kitchen sinks, Karran provides countertop fabricators and consumers with numerous choices to accommodate their needs. Cabinetmaker Warehouse offers the full line of Kararn Sinks and those can be found in our Online Catalog here.

IWF is a fantastic opportunity for consumers and professionals alike to educate themselves on what’s trending in the industry. Symposiums will be held starting August 19th and run right up to show time. So don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn and don’t forget to visit Cabinetmaker Warehouse at booth #4165, Building B, Exhibit Hall level. We will see you there!

Welcome To The Official Cabinetmaker Warehouse Blog
| June 13, 2014 | 2:02 pm

Our Purpose

We have launched this blog to share expertise and tips about new products and services. We hope to become a valuable source of information for countertop fabricators, cabinet shops, and DIY home remodelers. We welcome your comments.


History of Cabinetmaker Warehouse

We would like to share our history with you. Our company was started as a reaction to poor customer service our owner had received when he was in the cabinet making business. It wasn’t long before Ethan was selling building supplies to others within his area, with an inclination to expand to reach more people around the Unites States, and that’s just what he did. The website was created in 2004 with the expectation of building awareness in our brand. Initially we started selling laminate countertop edge moldings and that has evolved to offering a full line of sinks, functional cabinet hardware and the thousands of other products we offer today. Cabinetmaker Warehouse is now recognized, as the industry’s foremost distributor of Countertop Edge Moldings and Karran Sinks. We have also been recognized as the number one source for both Formica & Wilsonart laminate sheets.

To better represent ourselves to our consumer demographic, in September of 2013, officially became known as Our new name more accurately depicts who we are, what products and services we provide and the types of professionals we cater to. We are continually expanding and improving upon the products and services we offer to ensure we always fulfill our customers’ needs. Even through the great recession, so it has become known, we continued to source out the products our customers needed to prevent them from having to shop multiple locations for a single project.
Want to learn more visit our About Us Page.


What’s to Come?

This blogs intent is to educate the general public and to inform you of what’s trending… To offer you bite size bits of informative blog postings that help you better understand the world of laminate countertops & kitchen hardware. With that in mind, we have decided to do several small series to include the following:

Series 1: Cabinet Hardware
• History on Blum Hardware
• How to Choose the Right Hinges
• Different Hinge Types
• Drawer Slides 101
• Cabinet Hardware Terminology

Series 2: Laminate
• History of Laminate to Include Formica & Wilsonart Humble Beginnings
• Which Laminate Should I Choose
• How to Measure Your Countertop for Laminate & Trim
• How to Clean & Maintain your Laminate Countertops
• Laminate Grades & Finishes
• List of Supplies You Will Need
• Upcycling Samples & Left Over Laminate
• Laminate Terminology

Series 3: DIY Cabinetmaker Warehouse style
• How-To Build a Laminate Countertop
• How-To Put New Laminate over Existing Laminate.
• How-To Install Laminate Countertop Edging
• How-To Install Undermount Sink
• How-To Adhere Backsplash to Wall and Countertop

Series 4: Trade Professional Resources to Share with your Customer
How-To Mix SeamFil and Mixing Charts 
How-To Get the Perfect Caulk Bead
How-To Install Lazy Susan’s
How-To View Laminate Finishes



While you’re waiting for each Series topics to roll out…Why not read previous post:
Cabinetmaker Warehouse Welcomes SeamFil
Installing Karran Undermount Sinks
New Pattern in Laminate- Wood, Granite, Marble, Fiber
Formica Releases 7 Brand new 180fx Patterns for 2011



We are looking forward to making a connection with you.

We are always open to new suggestions and ideas. If you don’t see a topic we have listed above, that you would like for us to cover, please email us @
Make sure you bookmark this page so you can see what we are up to. While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow our blog. As well, you can follow us on any of our social media outlets. Finally, we want to extend a special “Thank you,” for visiting our blog today. Until next time.

Cabinetmaker Warehouse Welcomes SeamFil
| August 13, 2013 | 2:30 pm

If you came here to purchase the product described in this article, please click here.

With experience, comes knowledge and we here at have over twenty years of experience in the countertop fabrication industry. The knowledge we have gained in the field & from our own meticulous trial and error efforts has allowed us to become the go to resource for homeowners and trade professionals alike.

When we decide to take on a product or line of products, we ensure that they are held to the highest standards of quality. We would not recommend an item if we would not use it ourselves and we certainly would not sell the item to our customers if we weren’t completely convinced it was the best option available.

We get many requests or suggestions for certain products but this next one we will now introduce is something we have used for decades. If we needed to repair nicks in laminate, fill seams or make gouges disappear, there is only one product that stands the test of time. For fifty six years, SeamFil has been doing just that, providing homeowners and fabricators with a perfectly matched solvent for laminate countertops that will hide defects for the life of the counter.

Resistant to moisture and detergents, SeamFil bonds directly to the laminate becoming a permanent part of your counter that does not require any additional maintenance or care. Bonding takes place in as little as an hour but if more time is needed, we recommend using the 944 Retarder.

Since it is solvent based, SeamFil will not freeze and it can withstand heat up to one hundred twenty degrees. Once dried, it takes on the appearance of a matte finish however, the 943 Clear Gloss can be added to give it that high gloss look. With easy to use mix charts, it’s no wonder this is a shop favorite.

If you have a nick in your laminate countertop trim, a gouge on the counter itself or if you just want to fill in a seam or joint, the only product we use is SeamFil.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Google+ .


Grade Options in Laminate Counter Tops
| July 8, 2013 | 4:03 pm

Laminate is made in many different grades intended for specific uses. For practical purposes we define sheet laminate as either Vertical or Standard Grade.

Wilsonart and Formica  vertical grade laminate is used in applications where  thinner materials are desirable and impact-resistance is not as critical. Recommended for cabinet faces & sides, doors, furniture. The surface durability of Vertical Grade material is the same as thicker grades.  It is a little thinner than standard grade and thus, a thinner line will be visible at the edges.

Specs: (thickness: .028”/0.7mm)  Vertical Grade material can be cold bent to a radius no smaller than 7”and formed with heat to a radius no smaller than 5/8”.

Standard Grade, also called Horizontal Grade is the usual choice is most frequently used for work surfaces on counters, islands, vanities, desks and tables. The most commonly used grade, recommended for applications where maximum impact resistance and durability are required.

Specs: thickness: .048”/1.2mm.  Standard Grade material can be cold bent to a radius no smaller than 12”. Standard Grade can be formed with heat to a radius of 4”.

We are happy to answer your questions and help you find the best products and solutions for your countertop project . Check out all the colors and patterns of Formica and Wilsonart laminate on our site.


Formica – 100 Years of Innovation
| May 22, 2013 | 2:38 pm

Formica® laminate was invented in 1912 by Westinghouse electrical engineers Daniel J. O’Conor and Herbert A. Faber. They discovered that high-pressure plastic resins could be used to make electrical parts, replacing the mineral mica, thus the name Formica. The Formica Products Company was established in 1913.

Formica originally consisted of layers of fabric bound together with resin; later, it was made with thick pieces of paper laminated with melamine. This tougher substance could resist heat and abrasion, while the paper opened up a wealth of possibilities for printing colours and patterns, which proved key to its success

By 1930, the Company begins to make the shift from industrial applications to decorative laminate products. Colorful, durable and cigarette-proof, Formica® Brand Laminate become a popular choice for the interiors of cafes and nightclubs, as well as railway cars and luxury ocean liners like the RMS Queen Mary. When U.S. entered World War II, The Formica Insulation Company focused on military production until the war’s end.

In the optimistic postwar world of the 1940s and 50s Formica came into its own as a cheap and cheerful surface. It exuded the popular streamline styling of the day, with an endless catalogue of exotic patterns, bright colours. faux wood grains, and the iconic Boomerang pattern.

See more vintage Formica ads on our Pinterest page!

Throughout the company’s history, Formica has developed innovative new products in colors, patterns and finishes that target both the residential and commercial markets. The popularity of Formica endures, whether inspired by a retro or modern design aesthetic, and the new advances in green building has sparked a renewed interest in the uses of Formica laminate.

Installing Karran Undermount Sinks
| April 12, 2013 | 11:13 am

One of the most popular new trends in kitchen design is the undermount sink. Karran sinks are manufactured in both acrylic and stainless steel, and available in various models from a small bar sink to a large double basin. The traditional countertop rim has been replaced with a unique resin matrix designed for seamless integration in laminate countertops.
Undermount sinks are more hygienic and easier to maintain than drop-in sinks. Look around the edges of your drop in sink and you will see how bacteria can collect where the wet edge meets the counter.
Karran sinks are resistant to stains, heat, impact, bacteria, and scratches. All Karran sinks are warranted against material and manufacturing defects for 50 years.
We highly recommend Karran Sinks and can help you with a step by step instructional video for installation.
Our customer Don sent in these photos and reported on his project:

Undermount sink installation

Setting up the template

Karran undermount sink

Finished project












The service from was wonderful and after ordering, I got the Karran Edge sink in just a few days. I was the one who installed the sink, but I had never installed an undermount sink and especially never installed an undermount onto a laminate counter before. Everyone I talked to, including the “experts” at the big box home stores told me it could not be done. However, after reviewing YouTube videos and reading instructions, I started the installation. The process is simple in concept, but very labor intensive and in total it took me about 3 hours of routing, chiseling, scraping, and gluing to get the profile into the particle board down to the underside of the laminate. But the result is a beautiful look and 100 times better than a surface mount sink.

Ethan is the resident expert and head honcho of Cabinetmaker Warehouse. He answers this question from a reader:

We are remodeling our kitchen and so far everyone we talked to about undermount sinks with laminate tops say don’t do it. What gives? I see everywhere online that it the latest thing but industry retailers aren’t sold. What’s the guarantee they offer as to how long to expect undermount sinks not to leak and damage the base board?

As with many new things, change is scary to some. In the past there have been some inferior attempts to market acrylic “transition rings” that would act as a go-between the sink and laminate. These were and are plagued with problems as well as being pretty unsightly. As a cabinet and countertop fabrication shop owner in South Florida for 15+ years, I installed undermount sinks in laminate for many years before these newer sinks became available. We would mount solid surface Corian sinks under the laminate using an acrylic epoxy. This is similar to the way they are installed today. The largest difference with the Karran sinks is that they are made of the same core material- acrylic – but are lighter weight and thus require much less bracing to mount under laminate. Also, the Edge series stainless steel sinks are made in a way that the acrylic ring surrounds the perimeter of the sink rather than sitting on top and thus creates a virtually seamless appearance from the sink bowl into the laminate.

New Patterns in Laminate – Wood, Granite, Marble, Fiber
| March 8, 2013 | 6:06 pm

The technology of 4 color printing has resulted in a large array of patterns in laminate. We have added many new Wilsonart and Formica choices in patterns that simulate granite, engineered stone, wood grain and fiber.

The broad color selection allows you freedom to develop your interior design around a favorite hue. Collecting and comparing laminate samples is a lot simpler than searching through the large slabs at the stone yard.

You can order free samples from our site! Simply locate the patterns that interest you and fill out the form. 

There are very close facsimiles to marble and granite patterns. The wood patterns in oak, maple and walnut are warm and natural, and like all the laminate, durable and easy to care for. Soapstone patterns have a slight stippled texture, and come in many more colors in laminate than you will find in natural materials.

The low prices of these countertop materials  allow you to update the look of your home as trends change without spending a fortune. Bevel-Edge supplies sheet laminate, edging, backsplash and even color caulk to match your pattern choice.

Here are some samples of the most popular choices in these simulated styles:

Granite Pattern Formica- Blue Storm

Wood pattern Wilsonart - Fusion Maple

Wood Pattern Wilsonart - Fusion Maple

Marble Pattern Formica - Calacatta Marble








Wood Pattern Wilsonart - Montana Walnut

Slate Pattern Formica - Madras Indian Slate

Fiber Pattern Wilsonart - Silicon EV


Cleaning Laminate Countertops
| December 17, 2012 | 1:39 pm

You’ve picked the color, added the trim and backsplash, and have a sparkling new countertop to brighten your kitchen. Now how do make the laminate stay attractive for the long run?

Protect: Use hot pads or trivets to prevent burns and cutting boards to avoid scratches other blemishes.
Products: Don’t use highly abrasive cleaning solutions on laminate counters. Soft cloths are preferable to any scrub brushes and pads. Here are some recommended cleaning products:

  • Fantastik®
  • Windex®
  • Glass Plus®
  • Formula 409®
  • Dawn®
  • Mr. Clean®

Go Easy: For most clean-up, simply apply soap and water onto the surface with a soft cloth. Don’t over-saturate the laminate, especially around the seams where water could seep beneath and warp the wooden substrate.

Spills and Stains: If you spill drain cleaner on the counter while trying to fix the sink, wipe it up immediately and rinse several times with water. The lye in the drain cleaner can cause permanent damage to the surface.
Hair, textile and food dyes can cause permanent stains. Wipe up all spills immediately with dishwashing detergent or an all-purpose cleaner.
For stubborn spots use a paste of baking soda and water. Let it sit for half an hour, then rub with a nonmetallic, nonabrasive scrubber. For a greasy stain, use a little rubbing alcohol.

DIY Countertop Project
| November 30, 2012 | 3:56 pm

Thanks to Dan DeLeon, who wrote us about his DIY counter top project. Please share your pictures and projects with us and we will post them here.

It was much easier to install the sink then we thought.  We must have watched your video 20  times and were pretty nervous but it surprised us how smoothly it all went.  We’ve had the sink in since the end of June with absolutely no problems.

I am a supervisor at a local plant and I displayed our pictures there,  the comments were “I can’t believe it’s not granite”  and “I didn’t know you could put and undermount sink under laminate, I want one”.  We told them you were the only ones we could find that did the ogee edge, and you had great prices on your undermount sinks and a large selection of models.

After waiting months for the Formica Company to unveil their ogee edging with no possibility in the near future, we discovered you had already done so!  Thankfully, as my wife was adamant about the edging.  We did everything by ourselves with no professional help. My sister is planning on remodeling her kitchen and she will definitely be coming to you when they start.

Thank you, again, you saved us thousands of dollars, and your customer support is the best!