LumberJocks

Laminate / Formica

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by ChunkyC posted 10-08-2009 02:08 AM 4745 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 1920 days


10-08-2009 02:08 AM

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


13 replies so far

View Pete_Jud's profile

Pete_Jud

424 posts in 2419 days


#1 posted 10-08-2009 02:21 AM

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

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

View depictureboy's profile

depictureboy

420 posts in 2309 days


#2 posted 10-08-2009 02:31 AM

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

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2488 days


#3 posted 10-08-2009 02:44 AM

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

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 1920 days


#4 posted 10-08-2009 02:52 AM

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.

??

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

View FirehouseWoodworking's profile

FirehouseWoodworking

626 posts in 1939 days


#5 posted 10-08-2009 03:11 AM

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

View depictureboy's profile

depictureboy

420 posts in 2309 days


#6 posted 10-08-2009 03:15 AM

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…

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 1920 days


#7 posted 10-08-2009 03:26 AM

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

View smokey1945's profile

smokey1945

75 posts in 2048 days


#8 posted 10-08-2009 04:54 AM

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

-- TheShadeTreeWW If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees

View a1Jim's profile (online now)

a1Jim

112166 posts in 2243 days


#9 posted 10-08-2009 04:58 AM

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View GFYS's profile

GFYS

711 posts in 2137 days


#10 posted 10-08-2009 06:03 AM

old laminate is often garbage.

View Jim Crockett (USN Retired)'s profile

Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

852 posts in 2399 days


#11 posted 10-12-2009 04:40 AM

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

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

View FirehouseWoodworking's profile

FirehouseWoodworking

626 posts in 1939 days


#12 posted 10-12-2009 04:49 AM

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

View ChunkyC's profile

ChunkyC

856 posts in 1920 days


#13 posted 10-12-2009 04:55 AM

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase