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Old 10-19-2011, 07:18 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,
I have a question I am doing a countertop laminate and we have extended the one end to create a place to sit, Now I have rounded out the corners, the thing is when appling the edge I have tried plywood and partical board, I have a piece that's 29 3/4" long and 1 5/8" wide 3/4" thick. I made cuts every half inch and about 3/8 deep well I used the plywood first, well some of the cuts the wood fell out, I did wet the wood so to bend after I cut my notches, well I lined it up with the partical board that I am using on the straight edges, well the 3/4" partical board is thicker then the 3/4" plywood, so I scraped that and tried the partical board made my cuts I didn't want to wet it cause I figured it would swell and come apart, but when I tried to apply it to the radius of the counter it popped.
So then I took a piece 32" x 6" x 3/4" partical board and shimed it out so it came up to the 1 5/8, I was just going to cut the radius. Is there a better way?
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:35 AM   #2
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How about gluing up 1/4" thick strips to build out to your thickness.

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How about gluing up 1/4" thick strips to build out to your thickness.

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Took the words right out of my mouth! 1/4" Strips till you get the desired thickness.
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The edge will be laminate right? Just over build with PB, cut and shape...

Use a router/ guide for final shaping.

A rectangular guide tacked down to the surface, as the router walks around the square corner, it makes a nice radius...
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Hey Guys,
I have a question I am doing a countertop laminate and we have extended the one end to create a place to sit, Now I have rounded out the corners, the thing is when appling the edge I have tried plywood and partical board, I have a piece that's 29 3/4" long and 1 5/8" wide 3/4" thick. I made cuts every half inch and about 3/8 deep well I used the plywood first, well some of the cuts the wood fell out, I did wet the wood so to bend after I cut my notches, well I lined it up with the partical board that I am using on the straight edges, well the 3/4" partical board is thicker then the 3/4" plywood, so I scraped that and tried the partical board made my cuts I didn't want to wet it cause I figured it would swell and come apart, but when I tried to apply it to the radius of the counter it popped.
So then I took a piece 32" x 6" x 3/4" partical board and shimed it out so it came up to the 1 5/8, I was just going to cut the radius. Is there a better way?
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First, to make sure I'm clear here, you are doing a laminate countertop, not a countertop laminate. The edge generally supposed to be layered/laminated to create the thickness which ends up being 1 1/2". I have seen people glue and edge on there vertically but as you are finding out it makes things difficult on the radius.

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Why not cut your top (3/4 pb) to radius and size then add build up to bottom (more 3/4 pb) then use flush cut router bit to get radius. Laminate edge then stick your top.
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Thanks Guys,
What I did was I used plywood I cut a strip 1 5/8" x 43" and I made cuts every half inch and 3/8" deep then I put it in water to soak for 20 minutes, well when I took it out of the water it was curved just right. I clamped it to the edge of the counter top. I will post some pictures. Thanks agian for your time and comments.
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I made a lot of tight radius, curved counters for our power company (Yeah, the tops too) and found that glued-up luan (sp?) door skins work well.
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I made a lot of tight radius, curved counters for our power company (Yeah, the tops too) and found that glued-up luan (sp?) door skins work well.
That sounds like a time saver.

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Glad to hear it worked out for you!

I did the exact same thing in my kitchen....I used the Lewin Router compass to shape the particle board. Like Eric described I added pieces to the bottom to get to 1 1/4 and used a flush cut bit. I even went a step farther and used 3/8x 1 1/4 strips of oak that I glued and tacked to the edge. Applied the laminate to the edge and top the ran a router with a 1/2" chamfer bit around so I have a profile that shows oak.

Nothing knew, but it was pretty easy and it turned out great!

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Cut your radius in a piece of particle board, attach and use a router with a template bit to match your radius. Not sure what type of edge your making but we always put 3" strips o build up around the edges then laminate, no vertical edge is needed just a 3" strip of particle board under the edges of top Laid horiontal
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I meant to post some pictures so here they are. Hey Nath I was wondering whatever happened to all the pictures I have posted over the years went to?
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