Making Plastic-Laminate Countertops
Cutting shears and spray adhesive are among the tricks that make the job easier.
Synopsis: An experienced kitchen contractor offers a step-by-step guide to fabricating countertops from plastic laminate, covering tools, techniques, and materials.
As a carpenter’s helper I learned the basics of working with plastic laminate 12 years ago. Since then I’ve fabricated more countertops than I can remember. Over the years I’ve witnessed a lot of mistakes and have made a few of my own. But there was a lesson in every error, and I’ve learned my lessons well. The tools and the techniques I’ll describe in this article make it easier and less frustrating to fabricate professional-quality countertops.
It’s not all Formica
Among the general public, all plastic laminate is commonly referred to by the brand name Formica. In fact, many customers don’t understand what I’m talking about unless I use the phrase “Formica countertop.” The confusion is understandable considering that the first plastic laminate was,…