What is the proper way to trim laminates (formica) and can MDF be used with
contact cement? In my case the building supply only has 1/2" MDF not 1/2"
particle board. I need 1/2". Am I right in thinking that the edges should be
glue on first and then trimed with a straight flush cutting bit and then the
faces glued on and trimed with an angled flush cutting bit. Also can the
edge strip be heated and bent around radiused corners or should each of the
4 edges have a seperate strip? Thanks
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We learned to trim laminate using a lam trimming bit on router. Yes you can
use MDF as the base. Apply contact cement on both the MDF and lam faces,
wait for about 20 minutes till cement feels dry. Put edges on first using 4
separate pieces, trim w/ bit. Put top on, trim and then file down on a
diagonal with a bastard file or rasp smooth. We had a project that required
bending laminate over inside and outside curves with a heat gun. That was
awful. Bending lam is easier on thin laminate because the thicker material
cracks and breaks. good luck
Actually Dave I posted this for the others and not for you.
I'd hate to think the eyeballing some of our fine friends
here on the wreck might get when they request "vertical
surfacing laminate" when in the industry and at all the
suppliers it goes by the name Vertical Grade or in some
areas V32 (which is short for Vertical .32 (the thickness of
Also, when wanting something that goes on a flat horizontal
surface they (the others that is/not you of course) would
request Standard Grade (.050). Standard Grade is falling
out of favor though and some suppliers don't keep it in
stock. Instead they are stocking Post Forming Grade (.039)
which holds up as well as Standard Grade but is a wee bit
thinner. The Post Forming Grade is handy because you can
choose to use it for horizontal surfaces or with a coving
bar. By the way Dave, ever accidently touch a coving bar?
I didn't think so but I will tell you, it's not something
you'd do twice.
Please feel free to continue asking suppliers for things
using technical sounding names you've made up. They get a
real kick out of it. Oh, and the blank stares you get, may
not always be onna 'count of the guy's a few plys short of
being a full thickness. He may just be wondering, "Who is
What always works for me is asking for,
"That skinny shit that goes on the wall."
But - ya know, it's Pennsyltucky I'm tawkin' bout.
Thomas J. Watson-Cabinetmaker (ret)
Real Email is: tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet
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