Building laminate countertops for your kitchen and vanities is general practice today. In choosing laminate for your counters gives you many choices today from colour to pricing. The results can be amazing to tie in with your home decor.
An excellent material to use for the underlay is 3/4″ MDF (medium density fibreboard) This will provide a strong and uniform surface for the laminate.
When sizing the underlay, it is important to oversize it 1/2″ on the front and ends of the counter. The face of the counters is generally 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ thick. The edging is attached by glueing and air nailing to the underlay.
On your table saw, the laminate edging can be cut a little bit wider than the counter edge. Using latex contact cement, the laminate edging and the counter edging are both coated and left to dry to the touch. Carefully contact laminate edging to the counter flush on the bottom edge of the counter edge.
Using a laminate trimmer and a flush cut bit, trim the top of the laminate flush to the counter surface. This can be finished using a belt sander to achieve a positive flush finish
The laminate can be laid out flat on the floor in preparation for cutting. Carefully measure the size of the underlay and oversize the laminate to be installed. Using a laminate knife, you can cut the laminate. Dry fit the laminate to make sure all is cut properly.
When satisfied with the fit, both the counter underlay and the laminate can be coated with latex contact leaving it dry to the touch.
Once dry to touch, by laying steel welding rods on the counter will allow you to place the laminate in proper location before pining it in place. When properly positioned, pull the rods out one at a time without moving the laminate.
Using a laminate roller working from the centre outward, roll the laminate to contact it to the underlay. Using a laminate trimmer with a 15 deg. bit, trim off the excess laminate. This can be finished with a sanding block giving you a finished product.