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Forum topic by Luke posted 07-27-2012 12:01 AM 948 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-27-2012 12:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: laminate plywood desk help

Hey all, I am building a desk into a nook in my home, I plan to build the cabinets and drawers out of BirchPly.

My question is what would be the best option for the surface of the desk? I am thinking Laminate because of durability, but the length of the desk is 15’ so standard 4×8 sheet of laminate would have a seam.

What are your opinions? Just pain white is my idea, and the edge of the desk would be wood or also painted/laminate whatever the price.


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#1 posted 07-27-2012 12:25 AM

Luke, if you are looking for something seamless and laminated, a lot of bib box stores sell formica counter tops that are pretty long.

Alternately you could use 2 pieces and instead of hiding the seam, accent it. Rabbet in a piece of wood in the middle so it is flush. Maybe stain/finish it or paint it a different color so it looks like it is there for a reason other than hiding a seam.


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#2 posted 07-27-2012 12:31 AM

Your laminate of choice should be available in a max. of 12 ft. 1 inch long sheet but maybe not from the box store. Using an underscribe router would challenge most people to find the seam. Enjoy JB

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