07-29-2011 10:05 AM
I am building a new counter top and have one corner that is cut out. Basically so you don't run into it.
I would like to know how to trim the laminate on the face trim of these angles as they are at 45 degrees and not 90?
The counter top I am fine with trimming, just the face trim that I have a question on.
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07-29-2011 10:21 AM
Assuming that you are talking about a corner of the counter top is clipped off at 45 degrees, you have a few options.
One is to install the face and end laminates, then file them flush to the angled portion. Then apply the angled portion and file it flush to the other two faces.
Second option is to start on the end, file the laminate flush. Install the angled portion, then file it flush, install the face, then file it flush.
Third option, the hardest, and not really worth it. Use a "shooting" board to plane, sand, or file the ends to 22-1/2 degrees and glue them on.
07-29-2011 10:36 AM
Thanks for your quick reply. You are correct in assuming that it is clipped off at 45 degrees. Is the first option that you gave the one most people would use or the second option?
One other question about the file to use. I have a flat smooth all purpose file. Is that good enough to do the job. I have heard of plastic files. Not sure what the difference is?
07-29-2011 11:16 AM
Options 1 and 2 solely depend on the main direction of travel around the counter area. If the counter is mainly seen from the front edge, then I would start with the end and work my way towards the front. If the counter is an island, then I would cap the 45's first, then do the ends and faces. You can compare option 1 to siding a house. When siding a house with vinyl or steel siding, you always start at the back of the house so that the overlaps in the siding are less visible.
07-29-2011 02:07 PM
Another option is to put a radius edge on the 45 corners and wrap the laminate around them, all one piece.
You may have to heat the bend area a little to help it bend around the corner, depending on the radius and type of laminate. Roly