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Forum topic by HuckleberryC posted 01-19-2011 05:43 PM 1982 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2011 05:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: laminate countertops

Does anyone have any experience with post forming laminate countertops? I’m trying to get a good shop setup for doing my own post forming. I do alot of custom countertops and have had numerous requests to bullnose the laminate over the front edge. Can I do it professionaly without puschasing a machine?

-- Huckleberry


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#1 posted 01-19-2011 06:34 PM

You will need to heat it up the entire length to make the bend ! Our cabinet shop had a special machine with rollers to help curve and pressure rollers after the laminate was bent. Even with a special machine we had days when the laminate would crack because of poor alignment.We made our tops in 12 lengths.

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 06:55 PM

2 cents.

Not a chance. You need to be able to control the temperature accurately across the entire length of heater, laminate, adhesive, and substrate The laminate needs to bend across the entire length at exactly the same temp while consiistant and accurate pressure/clamping is applied to the laminate as it bends around the form. it also needs to cool consistantly or big expensive problems arise. I suppose you could “make” a machine but my guess is that you could buy a “used” machine at auction somewhere for fraction of the cost. factoring everything together it easy to see why shops buy their counters made elsewhere as mitering a post form counter also requires a specialized machine, albeit a slider table saw can also miter them but rather time consuming when compared to the beam saw so often used for miters.

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 07:07 PM

Yeah thats what I was expecting to hear. I’ll just stick to my hardwood banding and router.
Thanks for the input.

-- Huckleberry

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