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I went to Home Depot to buy plastic laminate. No one seemed to know what this is. Finally, someone walked me over to their plastics section. What they had there was acrylic sheets in various sizes. The 24"x48" sheet was over $20 and all the sheets were pretty funky - scratches and torn edges.

Is this what I'm to put on top of MDF?

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Hi Burt:

Laminate is a layered structure of resin and paper, bonded under pressure. One trade name is Formica. It is not acrylic sheet.

In HD I usually see the aisle where they keep the 4x8' sheets of various products, such as 1/4" and 1/2" hardboard, plus counter-top material (laminate, that is).

In the Lowes I shop at, they keep the laminate in the section with pre-fab counter-tops.

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Burt,

Think Formica (one brand).. kitchen countertop laminate for custom-shaped countertops. It lets the wood slide smoothly over the table without catching. In the big box store here its against the back wall of the store behind the kitchen area. Here its sold in 48"x96" sheets for about ?$50? per sheet. Shipping to Alaska is high so hopefully the price I"ve given is high for your area.

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Hi Burt,

In Australia, two brand names are Formica and Laminex.

You might try those as a starter.

Actually, Formica is owned by the Laminex Group...

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Burt, another great name in the laminates department would be Wilsonart, of course there are also Nevanar and Pionite.

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Are the sheets only available in 4'x8'? I have enough problems cutting mdf and ply sheets tho I usually get HD to cut them for me. Think they would cut the formica?

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They sure should, Burt.. I cut mine on my table saw...

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Are the sheets only available in 4'x8'? I have enough problems cutting mdf and ply sheets tho I usually get HD to cut them for me. Think they would cut the formica?

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HD has a cutting department in each store (at least in Canada.) They should have no problem making cuts for you.

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The HD and Lowes stores here in NM also will cut sheets for you. They might also have offcuts from other customers, so ask if they do and have a piece slightly larger than what you need.

I'm surprised that the HD clerk wouldn't know that "laminate" is the generic name for products like Formica. That sort of thing is why I prefer shopping at Lowes.

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You could also use melanine from Home Depot.

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