LumberJocks

Joining a plastic laminate top

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by jdieter posted 05-16-2016 11:34 AM 330 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View jdieter's profile

jdieter

5 posts in 788 days


05-16-2016 11:34 AM

I’m building a “J”- shaped bar with a plastic laminate work shelf underneath the bar top the same shape as top. I can’t do it in one piece of laminate, so I’ll have a 12” seam across the long run of the J shape. I have the MDF cut and fit with dog-bone slots and draw bolts for a tight joint. There is no way to do the laminate after the shelf is installed. I’m using a straight flush cut ball bearing bit to trim the laminate. Do I file the laminate at the 12” seam or leave it sharp? I’ve only done a few smaller laminate jobs with no seams and I’m concerned I may create issues at the joint when I pull the two sections together with the draw bolts.


2 replies so far

View jbay's profile

jbay

814 posts in 363 days


#1 posted 05-16-2016 01:35 PM

I draw bolt the tops together dry. Fit the seams (leaving sharp edges) glue the laminate on while it’s dry fitted, then pull the tops apart. When you install it the seams should butt back together tight.

-- My “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly be wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct -- (A1Jim)

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

7172 posts in 2262 days


#2 posted 05-16-2016 11:57 PM

Maybe I’m missing something but if you have access to the installed shelf then I would joint the laminate, tape the joint tight with stretched masking tape and install it as one piece after the shelf is assembled and glued. If you are using contact cement place the piece accurately a quarter to a half inch above the shelf on lots of sticks and when you are sure you are in position, remove them one by one and let the laminate drop into position.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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