It seems a little "painting" project has morphed into a full-blown remodeling effort. I have a small laundry room with a front loading washing machine and dryer. To the right of the washer / dryer is an ugly plastic utility basin, which has grown even uglier now that I've installed new custom cabinets, tile floor, entry door, trim, paint, etc. I had envisioned simply getting a new utility sink, but given the front loading washer / dryer setup I'm now in favor of fabricating a countertop and installing a more attractive drop-in sink. Unlike a stand-alone sink there are lots of options with a drop-in. The proximity of the washer / dryer also makes installing a countertop over everything an attractive option which will give the whole room a custom, "built-in" appearance. I'll also be able to hide things like the washer supply valves, drain, and bulky 220V receptacle. I've all but decided to install a countertop, and I want to do it myself. I'm not opposed to paying someone, but when I'm all done (a year or so from now ) I'll have exactly what I want and I'll have learned something too. I'm sure I'll also make lots of scrap, but education is rarely cheap. The countertop will span a horizontal distance of about ten feet. It will be attached to the wall at its left and right sides with vertical supports between the washer, dryer and sink (two vertical supports in addition to the walls). I've looked online for some DIY ideas but I have some questions: 1. How do you cut the Formica (I'm using that as a generic name for whatever I decide to use). It seems brittle. Is it cut exactly to size and then cemented in place, or is sized approximately, then cemented and trimmed in place, and with what tools? The pieces that cover the vertical supports will be very narrow. How am I supposed to cut them? How are those tiny chamfered edges created? 2. Do you build an entire MDF countertop and then apply the plastic laminate, or should some pieces be finished first, then the whole thing assembled? 3. I've seen prefabricated countertops with very attractive front edge treatments. Is the plastic so flexible it can be bent around such a small radius (a couple inches), or am I limited to flat surfaces without specialized equipment? Or are the edge treatments pre-fabricated and cemented on? 4. I don't have a table saw, but many times I've wished I had one and could use this as an excuse to get one. I've always used a cheap circular saw for long cuts with less than ideal results. Is a table saw necessary? Finally, have I forgotten anything else to ask?