I want to make a desk with a laminate top and treat the edge similar
to what you see on office furniture. It's surprisingly hard to find.
I've turned up a few suppliers from old rec.woodworking posts:
http://www.canplast.com/ (a manufacturer?)
The T-profile mouldings sold by Outwater Plastics are pretty
straightforward. Cut a slot with a router and push it in.
I'm curious about the PVC products. Are those just applied like
laminate and trimmed/rouneded with a router? Is it practical do to
this for a few desks or are there specialized tools required?
(I know wood is a perfectly good edge treatment too, but the end user
does not want wood and given the curves I'm not inclined to argue!)
Ben Jackson AD7GD
Woodworkers hardware http://wwhardware.com/ has it (t-edging) and a
couple other alternatives, and even Rockler's has it (t-molding)
I've used it on some utility shop stuff. If you need to bend a tight
radius, you may have to notch the pronged part in the area of the
curve. If you do that, it will bend a tight radius.
Ben, you can buy T-moulding all over the place. There are a couple of
tricks to that stuff.
Make sure the slot is not too tight. You don't want the insertion to
widen/split the edge.
Also, make sure the T-moulding slot is set just a wee bit high, so
that the edge peeks out a little bit from the top. 1/64 th if you can
get it, 1/32 if you must. But not below the surface.
Take a very sharp chisel and trim the excess...the word is SHARP.
Approach with the chisel leaned back on the laminate as a guide.
Also, make sure the stuff isn't too warm when you cut it to length.
Most will shrink a wee bit when cooling. It is always better to be a
little bit long.
These boys have all that and more....
Several others have commented on the correct
installation... Remember..plastic will shrink
and expand with temp changes.
Ben Jackson wrote:
I have got to start reading a little better...
You wanted T-mold, which FastCap doesn't sell
but their edging is quite good and I do recommend
For T-Mold, I would go to Hafele:
Ben Jackson wrote:
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