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ChunkyC

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1737 days ago

I called my local lumber yard today for a price on a 4×8 sheet of laminate. I wanted a solid color and I about had a heart attack when he told me the price. I asked him if it were made out of gold. He didn’t think that was too funny. Maybe my expectations are too high. I expect to have to pay a little more here in the small town where I now live but I didn’t realize that I might have to rob the ATM to build jigs and shop furniture.

So where to y’all find Formica in solid colors and how much does it cost?

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135


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Pete_Jud

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#1 posted 1737 days ago

I find it at a local close-out yard, about a buck a sq ft.

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depictureboy

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#2 posted 1737 days ago

if you go to a big box store, look for broken sheets. They usually give you 50% off, even if its just a small piece out…

around here a full sheet runs about 46 bucks for the stone looking kind. Plain white was about 39

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1737 days ago

I usually get mine at Lowe’s. Like depictureboy says it runs $46.00 for a 4×8 sheet.

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ChunkyC

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#4 posted 1737 days ago

I haven’t be able to find solid colors at Lowe’s. Do you have them order it for you? I really don’t that faux nasty looking marble or whatever it is they’re trying to simulate in the shop. Besides most of that stuff is very dark.

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-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#5 posted 1737 days ago

Lowe’s can order whatever color you want, if they don’t carry it in stock.

I would also check into cabinet shop supply houses. From these you can order in a number of sizes that are sometimes more economical. For instance (as I recall but it’s been a while) you can order sheets of 25-inch wide laminate in 8, 10, 12, and 16 foot sheets. This worked great for residential counter tops.

Another source – but you need lots of patience and a smattering of luck! – is sites like Craig’s List. Look in the “Materials” category. Folks will many times have sheets of laminate up for sale. Normally, quite cheap. Just depends on the color meeting your needs.

Good luck! Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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depictureboy

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#6 posted 1737 days ago

ooh also if you have a habitat for humanity store in your area…we do here, they have a leftovers store you can go and buy leftover material from builds…

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ChunkyC

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#7 posted 1737 days ago

Great tip depcitureboy. There is a HFH Restore south of here about 35 miles. I’ll check that out!

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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smokey1945

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#8 posted 1737 days ago

I go to local cabinet shops and buy their scraps for cheeeep!

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1737 days ago

I bought a 4×8 sheet at lowes for $ 24

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GFYS

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#10 posted 1737 days ago

old laminate is often garbage.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#11 posted 1733 days ago

The Lowes in my area does not carry laminate; HD says they don’t sell broken sheets (wonder what they do with them?). No cabinet shops within a 50 mile radius that I can find. Lumber dealer wants $3 / sqft. I haven’t tried Habitat for Humanities Restore – next time I take a trip to the city on Tues or Thurs, I can check there – closed all other days. I am planning on building a router table but it may be cheaper to buy a top than to pay $100 or so for a sheet of laminate plus all of the other materials!

JimC

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#12 posted 1733 days ago

Jim,

Did you check back in the cabinet dept at Lowe’s? The laminate is normally located back there. I can’t believe that they wouldn’t have offered to order it for you if they don’t stock it. A sales associate makes a higher commission on special orders, so it’s an incentive to take care of the customer!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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ChunkyC

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#13 posted 1733 days ago

I got a sheet of solid white (oh yeah) at Lowes this weekend for $30 +tax. I’ve been pricing solid colors, special order of course equals “special pricing” to boot, with price ranges from $70 – $170. When the guy told me the price for blue at $170 I asked him if were made of gold. He didn’t think that was too funny.

Chunk

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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