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Posted by David on January 29th, 2003 09:17 PM
In reply to finishing formica surfaces by Jeremy Adams on January 29th, 2003 10:26 AM [Go to top of thread]

Jeremy, if you've never worked with Formica before, I'd do some reading on how to cut, apply, and trim it; there's more to it than can be answered quickly here.

Unless you're very cautious with a flush bit router, you can easily cut through the face of your edge material (which is applied before the top surface if the edge is to be formica). A good way to do this is cover the edge with a strip of masking tape, and rout against this; it will save your front edge. Then you'll want to run a fine hand file down the edge as a finish and to remove the wire edge, as the edge will be knife sharp! Holding the file at about a 80 degree angle, you want to file downward, and watch for a small roll of adhesive at the joint between the edge material and the top to come loose; this is when you stop! New laminate material has a VERY thin color layer, and once you start cutting into it, it will stick out like a sore thumb, so you have to be very careful with those outer edges.

Good Luck.

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