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Loren

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#1 posted 562 days ago

I would consider making a template for he top out of 1/4”
tempered hardboard. It’s cheap and tough. Rough cut
the inside corners with a jig saw, then use a pattern
routing bit to make the final shape. If you make the
template carefully, you’ll have straighter (and square)
edges and you can glue hardwood lippings right to
them and have a very nice glue line. Of course if you
wanted to put plastic laminate on top the nice glue
lines wouldn’t be seen.

Many of the consoles I’ve seen like this have a real
wide lipping (like 2” or 3”) rounded over after being
attached with a large radius roundover bit. The
lipping is usually attached after the laminate is glued
on and trimmed. Without a lipping planer ($$$) however
you run a very serious risk of carving up the laminate
or veneer trying to flush trim the top lipping flush
with the laminate. One workaround is to make the
lipping proud by 1/8” or so with a small roundover on
the inside edge, using biscuits to align the glue-up.
This sort of lipping is not an annoyance and controls
spills as well. The easy way to do it without the
lipping planer is to just do your best at flushing the
lipping, flush fill any gouges with bondo and glue
laminate on top, then shape the lipping and laminate
edge together.

I hope this helps. The customer will probably want
the nice details like the large lipping and will probably
be willing to pay for it if you explain how nice it
will be.

Are you going to do the finishing?

If so, the time spent finishing will work out to a lot
more than the time it takes to apply and trim
laminate.

-- http://lawoodworking.com


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