Took the clamps off yesterday’s glue up and routed the edge banding flush with the MDF. The router couldn’t reach the inside corners but a few minutes with a block plane and a once over with a random orbit sander with 80 grit paper and the left top piece is nearly ready for the Formica. I need to fill the booboos (technical term) and the holes left by the brad nailer and apply a few coats of varnish to the oak. I’m also thinking I’ll use a belt sander and round over the outside corners of the tops before I apply the laminate – can’t think of any reason not to and a rounded corner hurts less than a square one when I hit my head on it – as I no doubt will at some point. As the picture shows there is a booboo where the router operator hiccuped – I’d fire him but he works cheap. It’s on the back edge and will be under the laminate but I’ll fill it anyway so there won’t be a hollow – I would eventually tighten a clamp on it if I left it.
Left Top Piece
The next step was to glue and clamp the oak banding to the right top piece, the plywood one. This one was easier to do than the previous one as I am now an expert, having done the other one yesterday and a similar one 14-15 years ago. Last time I did one of these I used dowels to hold things in alignment until I could get the clamps on – the brad nailer is way easier.
Right Top Piece With Oak Clamped Up
Next step is to route and sand the right top piece, then round the corners, fill where needed, varnish the oak, then apply the laminate. Maybe Monday – tomorrow (Sunday) is bicycle day.