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04-19-2010 10:07 AM

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Anyone try to use laminate wood flooring for a counter top. Stands up to foot traffic so should be pretty durable as a counter top. I have a cabin I am building and thought about giving it a try. Just like flooring I imagine large spills would need to be wiped up quickly. Any Thoughts??

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 02:02 PM

Moisture is a problem with the laminate floors, not recommended for use in bathrooms. Most laminate floors are designed to be floating so I am not sure how you plan to fasten them down and if you do it could cause a problem with expansion and contraction.

-- Alex

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 02:19 PM

For what it’s worth – - I use bamboo flooring for the top of my workbench and I plan to use it on a countertop shortly. Bamboo is incredibly durable.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 02:52 PM

I agree with Rich, bamboo is incredibly stable. Besides, the new patterns make it real attractive for just about any application.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 05:48 AM

As a remodeling contractor I have torn out a lot of laminate floors because of water damage. No matter how fast you are wiping up the moisture, I can guarantee it will still get into the cracks and start swelling at those points.

The very surface of laminate flooring is durable but everything under the surface does not get my respect.

Don’t use it for the countertop.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 07:30 PM

No but I did use laminate flooring to cover a beam in the celing of our bedroom. Looks actually very nice. Who knew that stuff was so dusty when you cut it on a table saw.

-- Ray

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#6 posted 04-21-2010 02:46 AM

I had some friends who built a house and had to close out the construction loan. Their stone counters wouldn’t be ready in time. He built a temporary counter out of bamboo scraps. I guess it worked.

If you decide to go ahead with laminate, buy a decent quality one. The stuff at Costco isn’t what you want. I would also glue the joints even though they are that snap-lock type. Once water gets into the joint, you will have problems. Maybe Titebond 3?

-- Tony -

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#7 posted 04-21-2010 03:49 AM

I am NOT a fan of laminate flooring. The top is veneer something and underneath it is sawdust and glue.
We did use it on our countertop in laundry room just to see how it would last. ( I like to do my own testing)
Amazingly it was doing well. We sold the home 5 years after I put it in . TEST OVER !
I did use real tongue and groove oak flooring on my kitchen cabinets at our cabin at lake. I gave it numerous coats of funriture paste, (Another test) My bathroom vanity top was made from Purple Heart wood, same paste finish.SOLD that home too.
If you are still thinking of using wood counter top I would the the real hardwood again.
Lets think about this, the old butcher shop cutting blocks were made of ….............Hardwoods.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 04-21-2010 04:03 AM

Sacrilege at a woodworking site, but if I ever make a countertop, it’s going to be concrete. Check it out, there are some fantastic things to be done, and with the proper surface treatment it’ll outlast you. Once it kicks, you’ll never have to worry about water on it, either.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 04-21-2010 03:08 PM

If you are considering countertops other than wood oriented let me say something. My wife and I relocated many times during my career due to transfers. We have owned 12 different homes and just about every type of counter top their is (except concrete). For my wife and I, there is only one countertop that we would consider and that is granite.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 04-21-2010 03:50 PM

I have had a number of countertops. Right now, and probably our last, is granite. By far the best looking and takes to the rigors of the kitchen environment. I have heard good things about concrete, and that was on our list. But the green granite goes great with the jatoba cabinets, and oak floors.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 05-30-2010 01:49 PM

I don’t know about counter tops but I covered a workbench top with laminate flooring and it stood up quite well. Took lots of abuse and I never replaced it.

-- Life is good.

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#12 posted 05-30-2010 03:45 PM

I brought some leftover bamboo flooring home from a construction job thinking I’d make cutting boards out of it. The finish is so hard that my random orbit sander can’t cut through it. I can’t imagine that it’s at all very susceptible to water damage. If you cut/scratch it, it leaves a pretty noticeable mark. Also, I don’t know how a hot pot would affect it.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#13 posted 05-30-2010 04:32 PM

Saw a clip of one of the DIY shows on HGTVlast night make a table this way. They were glueing the stuff down. It may have been a promo of an up and coming show because that’s all I remember.

Actually, why not go for it. I often do things just to see if I can get away with it. I just built a trellis for my sweet pea vines from MDO that’s G2S, just to see how unpainted or treated it’ll do. It’s on my dime before I offer to do it for others. I want to know how well it holds up unpainted because I know I can always paint it and extend it’s life.

If I did a top of laminate I might add a border that’s rabbited so the trim lays a bit over the edge of the material. This would allow a bit for movement and cover the potential chipped cut edges.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#14 posted 05-30-2010 07:09 PM

Laminate is not recommended for wet areas as bathrooms and kitchens. That’s what the flooring place told us when we bought our laminate.
BTW, Chinese Tonkin bamboo makes great fly rods!

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#15 posted 05-30-2010 08:27 PM

Rules Rules Rules we don need no stinkin Rules!
Do it what the hell, it just may look great. The recomendation of no kitchens and baths is due to lots of water from bathing mopping and the like. A top does not get mopped or bathed on, I may be wrong just a wet rag. No biggy.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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