Ok - here the situation.
We have a new condo on the beach that needs a new counter top.
(The previous owners for what ever reason thought that a fire engine red
formica counter top would look great in a kitchen w/ beige tile)
My plan is this - to remove the old counter top - cart it to my shop here
(raleigh) - make a new one to w/ different formica - cart the new one back.
The problem is that I live 3 hours away and its a large 3 peice counter.
1 corner peice.
1 bar peice
and normal counter peice.
Thinking about that - the time and gas carting it there and back - it almost
makes it worth it to go to the local borg and custom order it.
I have the materials to make it - Ill even bring my own blades and routers
and helper - really just need a tablesaw and some space to do the formica.
Dont mind renting the space - or trade or whatever - Ill even give you the
old counter top if you want it.
You can reply to me at
r_b_v at v_e_r_z_e_r_a doht c_o_m
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If you are just replacing the formica why remove it? Just sand the top et al
and then put the new formica on that - simple and works well. (use the GOOD
contact cement - the flamable kind...)
If the old Formica is still attached solidly - sand it, clean it (denatured
alcohol) contact cement and put the new Formica right over it. Couldn't ask
for a better surface to work on.
I know it's not the same but I did an oval shaped ~10' long 42" wide
conference table in the clients office space (at night, alone). I used a
scroll saw with a fine blade to rough cut the Formica to shape, used old
blind slates to hold the Formica off the contact cement, rolled it down
(J-roller) and used a router to trim the edges. Cleanup was some fine
Formica dust from cutting. I attached my shop vac to the router and that
kept everything nice and clean.
My only mistake was using the strongest smelling contact cement they made I
think and after about 5 min of that, I had to open the windows. Get the
good stuff as someone said - you'll know it's the good stuff when you see
the price.... Be sure you read the can and get a small container of
whatever solvent is needed for cleanup. Stuff happens and J-rollers can find
wet glue whenever you lay them down for a minute.
The problem is its got a bull nose on it - Just about all the formica Ive
done either had a wood band or it was square.
If I just remove the old counter - and re-cover it - how do I handle the
The bullnose could be cut off and a wood edging applied or still glue some
wood edging on but cover it with the Formica to extend out as far as the
If your top has the raised drip-edge that prevents spills from going over
the edge it means you need to cut off about 2" and then glue on a wood edge.
My sister-in-law finished her kitchen renovation this past summer and
covered her old Formica top with tiles on the top and tile edging. The
backstop was made the same height as the tiles (approx 4" sq) and it turned
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