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Cutting Kitchen Laminate Worktop

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by rqy99g, 21 Jan 2016.

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    I have been fitting a new kitchen and am ready to fit the laminate worktops. Would I get a good finish (chip free) if I used a hand saw then used a router to finish the edge?

    What's best to stick the edging trim on contact adhesive or tape? I've seen some examples where there appears to be white areas showing (not sure whether it has been tape or adhesive) as it is a very dark finish.

    Hope that makes sense!?
     
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    i would cut the top 10 mm longer than needed and set up the router and straight edge and plunge cut increments on 10mm or so depends on the router and bit.. remember to run the router into the post formed edge at all times.
    this is were the rail saw comes into its own really, especially the makita with the scribe function..
    edgings would be with contact ahesive .. (i use the evo stick polyurathane, not as messy and much easier to use)
    then trim with a laminate trimmer before fitting! or use a file but its very time consuming and the finish is no were near as good..
    hope this helps
     
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    Thanks for the reply Marko.

    When you say run the router into the post formed edge am I right in thinking you mean the front edge where the laminate wraps around? And laminate trimmer... do you mean something like the Stanley Double Edge Laminate Trimmer?

    Cheers

    Simon
     
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    yes , always right to left, (climb cutting on w/tops) same direction of the router bit into the edge..(keep a firm hold as it will want to run away bud,
    for instance for the left hand w/top edge youll flip the w/top updside down , and right hand top side up..
    same as when your using the JIG.
    never used that type of trimmer on wtops only on malamine board really..
    trimmer i reffer too is like the bosch gfk600, and a bottom guided trimmer bit.
     
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    Cheers Marko, all very helpful! Simon
     
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