Formica/Laminate question for wood.

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    mfadesign

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    I am building a Console table. I found white glossy laminate, but its not solid white all the way through. Any suggestions on how to treat the edges when they but up at a corner? I do not want to see the dark color under the white laminate.

    Is there a paint that I can just paint those edges?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    you can use craft paint.
     
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    If you need to trim to fit, cut it at a 45, or you can use a long sanding block at a 45.
     
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    do i use a 45 degree router bit? Can you suggest a link to the right router bit?

    Thanks
     
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    Great!!!!! Thanks
     
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    Google "formica edge banding"
     
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    Paint isn't going to hold up. I'm not sure how the bevel Neal posted would bevel it to be an inside corner to allow it to be covered by the laminate on the edge. It looks like it will bevel it to smooth the edge making it more pronounced.

    I personally would band the top with a contrasting wood. It will stand up to wear better than a Formica facing.
     
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    I haven't seen any way of getting away from seeing the edges when done.. Other than iron on vinyl tape
     
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    Cabinet shops have edge banding machines.

    You still see the edge.
     
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    Didn't Formica brand make a product with the core the same color as the top? I haven't seen it lately, but laminate counters are kind of losing their appeal as the price of solid surfaces have dropped.

    When I made my desk I used unfinished oak flooring. It turned out to be cheaper than the large 5x12 sheet of Formica I needed to go seam-free.
     
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    can buy edging
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    The big boxes have a small variety, or a cabinet HDW.
     
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    I am doing similar right now. Using Formica 459-90 Brite white laminate. As already mentioned, the way you handle it is by applying edge-banding to the sides of the panel. I wanted the exact same shade of gloss white on the edge-banding and had a very hard time finding it. Only thing I could find to exactly match my Formica Brite White was at Cabinetmaker Warehouse they have a (pretty expensive) 600 foot roll of unglued edge-banding. When I got it, I looked at the packing slip and realized it was just generic gloss white. (although it does match pretty well)

    An edge-banding machine would be nice to have, but you or I don't have one of those. If you find pre-glued, that is probably best. I have unglued. I think most would use hot-melt to apply it, but I am using contact cement. They make trimming tools for edge-banding, but I have some utility knife blades that are beveled on one side only, and just use one of those in my hand.

    Good luck with your project.

    Actually, I am going downstairs to put banding around a couple of doors right now.
     
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