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So awhile back I bought three ikea tables.

Two of these http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79831622/
and one corner table. But when I got home the vika amon did not feel in my room. Its been awhile since I bought it and its been laying in my garage. With the holiday coming up, I'll have alot of free tim from work so I want to try to cut this table and make it fit.

To precisely cut this table, what kind of cutter would I need?

Product dimensions
Width: 39 3/8 "
Depth: 23 5/8 "
Height: 28 3/4 "

Width: 100 cm
Depth: 60 cm
Height: 73 cm

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For best results I would recomend a table saw w/ 12" min blade...
A router to round and smooth edges....
As well as a circular saw and jig saw for small tight cuts.

During assembly I would also suggest an impact cordless driver as using hand tools would be more time consuming and a workout on the arms lol.

A speed square and level will also be indispensible.
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You cannot router those Ikea table tops, they are hollow core. But like murphy suggested, a table saw would be best. You could cut it with a circular saw if a table saw isnt available. Just buy yourself a decent blade. One for cutting plywood would be ok. Make sure you cut with the finish side facing down so you do not chip the finish on the the top if you use a circular saw.
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Originally Posted by HardheadedMurphy View Post

For best results I would recomend a table saw w/ 12" min blade...
A router to round and smooth edges....
As well as a circular saw and jig saw for small tight cuts.
During assembly I would also suggest an impact cordless driver as using hand tools would be more time consuming and a workout on the arms lol.
A speed square and level will also be indispensible.

A 12 inch blade? Why? The standard is 10 inch and would be good. I have never heard of a recommendation for going for a 12 inch blade (much rarer--especially for a home shop--and more expensive).

I wouldn't recommend buying a table saw to mod a $20 table. Like the previous poster said, this is hollow core so you won't be able to cut it and have it look all right. If you put the cut side against the wall, that could work since it wont' be exposed, but you definitely will not be able to use a router. Hollow core is essentially cardboard with the edges filled with a bit of particle board with a thin laminate on top. Routing it would be a bad idea.

If you really want to do it, a circular saw would fit the bill (and be cheap enough--you can get a sub $50 circular saw).
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If you're going to cut a desk a table saw is the best way to go if you want precision. If it's too cumbersome to use on a table saw, you can use a circular saw as long as the blade is large enough. I don't know how thick the desk is. You can either get specially designed clamps that act as a guide for the saw or you can clamp a 2x4 or something like that to the desk.
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Pretty much any clamps will work with a circular saw...just clamp a 2x4 or any other long enough straight surface and that becomes your fence.

I suggested a circular saw since it didn't sound like he had any tools. A $400 table saw is a hefty investement to mod a $20 desk (I think the Bosch contractor saw is the cheapest TS that is decent). And I don't think investing 3 grand in a Powermatic 66 or Sawstop would be a sound purchase if he is asking this question.

I didn't watch the video, but this should show you how to use a circular saw:

http://www.sawdustandpaperscraps.com/2011/10/18/diy-boot-camp-how-to-use-a-circular-saw/

Also, I would suggest using some expanding foam in the cut end or filling the void with custom cut piece of wood (for this option, you would need a table saw).
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