Ash counter top over formica????

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Forum topic by thor4570 posted 01-25-2013 08:21 PM 1007 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2013 08:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood counter top counter top ash counter top replace counter top new counter top ash refurbishing

I am just finishing removing an old tile counter top that was installed over the original formica counter. We will be replacing it with ash. My question is….will I need to allow for air flow under the ash or am I OK to install it directly on top of the formica. I will be limited to 1/4” of working space under the ash.

I know there are many alternatives to counter tops but another wall and counter in the kitchen has already been done with the ash before we discovered the formica under the then existing tile so I am committed to the ash. Suggestions, comments, criticism, helpful hints gratefully accepted.

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 05:11 AM

That’s weird…tile over plastic laminate!
For the best advice more detail is needed. Are you planning to use solid ash? How thick will the ash be? Does it go over the dishwasher? Yes, you will need air flow. And you should put the same finish on the underside you put on the top, just like veneering.
Now, making some assumptions in the interest of saving time and back and forth, I would think you could get by with 1/4” thick by say, 3/4” wide, sticker strips every 12 inches or so under a 3/4” thick ash top. You could drill large holes in the substrate counter to expedite air exchange for the solid ash. Screw up from the underside at the back of the counter and the rest of the screws have to go in oversize holes.
Good luck!

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 05:59 AM

thor4570, just for the heck of it, have you tried to see what is under the plastic laminate? Just rip out the old countertop, level out the top of the cabinets and install the ash, you’ll get your air flow from the top of the cabinet frames to the underside of the ash, while your leveling, place a 1/8” piece of sheet metal over the top of the dishwasher and fill under with fiberglass insulation. Just don’t pack the insulation, leave room for some air. Happy remodeling.

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 07:50 PM

Make sure you allow for wood movement. The ash will want to move; the formica is basically inert.

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