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Today I was doing some raised panel doors and noticed my table top had a slight bulge.
I made this top myself using two pieces of 3/4 MDF glued together making it 1 1/2 inch total..(duh like you did not know that)..I used contact cement to then bond the Formica to that surface..I guess I did not bond it properly..Now how to fix it? I first thought was to remove the Formica, sand the MDF surface and seal it with past wax..My second thought was to drill a small hole in the bulge, inject some epoxy glue and place a weight on it to get the damn thing flat again..The third option is to rebuild another table top without the Formica....(Why not? this is my third table top to date)

I'm convinced that I am now the largest producer of saw dust in the state of Georgia..Being retired has its rewards for sure..

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You may be able to roll out the bubble by using a J roller and heat gun
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You may be able to roll out the bubble by using a J roller and heat gun
Thanx, That would appear simple enough...And a J roller is?..
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A J roller is the roller used to properly seal laminate to MDF with glue.

Here is a linkAmazon.com: Beno J Gundlach J200B "J" Roller 1-1/2 x 3" For Plastic Laminate: Home Improvement
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thanks for the laugh,just to let you know your not the only one that makes wasted saw dust.I try to keep my mistakes around the shop for a reminder.Just to make sure I Make new ones ha ha have a good shop day.
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Your wife's rolling pin also works. I have even used a piece of mdf wrapped in an old tee shirt to work the air bubbles out of laminate.
I have successfully flattened bubbles by drilling a hole and inserting glue. I went to a drugstore and asked for the largest syringe and largest gauge needle (they gave me a 17 1/2 gauge) they had. They look at you a little funny but what the heck, it gets the job done. Weldbond, Lee Valley's "chair doctor", melamine glue, and others will get the job done. The glue is not as critical as one might think.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Thanks for all the advice..After my beer store run it's off to Router Table repair land..

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Thanks for all the advice..After my beer store run it's off to Router Table repair land..

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You didn't make a beer run before you built the top the first time did you?

James
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You didn't make a beer run before you built the top the first time did you?
It was not necessary, the fridge in the shop was already stocked..It's part of my diet,,,barley soup..

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