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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-03-2009, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to replace the laminate on my countertops since the current laminate is lifting all over the place.

My question is the edge has a decorative oak trim but then the front face is then laminated as well. The edge looks like ogee to me. I have two sheets of laminate coming in at 90 degrees to each other in the z direction. To put it another way; if your monitor is the countertop laminate sheet then I have another laminate sheet coming directly out at you on edge. How do I trim the edges of the laminates? Do I just go at the edge with the ogee bit?

My concern is that I will be cutting one of the laminate sheets correctly with the rotation on the bit but the other one is going to be cut against the rotation of the bit.

Does this make sense? Am I overthinking this??

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Could you post a close up shot of the corner, without flash, I'm sure this will make it easier for you to get answers.

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If you are referring to the inside corner, by the DW, I can't see a problem with changing direction. There will be a problem with the ogee bit not conforming to the 90 deg. angle, assuming you'll be laying the laminate in one piece.
If you were to use a 45 deg. (or another angle) bit, simple rasping, filing and scraping would complete the corner. You could do it after an ogee cut but, it would be a great deal more difficult, IMO.

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My suggestion would be to laminate your new edge before making the miter cut. This would give you your 90 inside angle.

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I'm wasn't worried too much about the inside corners. I think whatever I come up with for the straight edges will apply to the corners.

I've attached a close-up of the edge itself. My problem is when the overhang from the laminates from the countertop and front edge come together in two perpendicular planes.

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I appologize if I've misunderstood the problem, but if not, Under the conditions given, (you can't remove and or replace the bead). I would build a plywood mock-up matching the laminate surface area inside the decorative bead, test the pattern on the counter for conformation and when satisfied secure the lam to the template and route.
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Ghidrah that is a spectacular idea! Next time I'll think outside the box a little. Thanks!
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Keith, you should have no problems routing this edge. You might have to do a little hand trimming to get your bit to the start position, but it will cut the laminate on both surfaces as long as the bit makes contact.

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Why couldn't the bead be removed, the laminate fitted and trimmed and then re-fit or replace the bead?

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Mike, I got your initial PM. I had to post enough to be able to respond. Now I'm over the 10 limit so I'm good to go.

I think I'll make the mock-up and try it first to see what happens. I'm just a bit concerned about chipping the laminate by trimming both edges at the same time.

Thanks for the help.
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