Saturday, November 20, 2010

Laminating a Dynamo cabinet

The four 8'x3' flat black Formica sheets I ordered from Lowes came this week. Here's how the sheets looked when I picked them up:


I unrolled them right away - not sure if that's important but I did anyway. 


Before I could glue my cab back together, I needed to cover the coin door. So that's where I started. I removed the tax stickers and sanded it down with 60 grit sandpaper:


I bought some "Gel Formula" contact cement; it's very thick stuff. The label says to stir it with a paint paddle, but I found that all but impossible.


I spread the stuff on the Formica and the coin door with a sponge brush, and waited about 25 minutes for it to set.


After I rolled it out with a J-roller, I brought it downstairs to trim with my router. This part had to be trimmed with the table saw, because there was nothing for the flush trim bit to follow:

The rest of the trimming went pretty fast; the router cuts through Formica like it's butter. I did have to drill out a few holes to drop the flush trim bit into, for the three "islands" on the coin door. Here's the final product...all ready for guns and coin door to be installed!


Using the flush trim bit was really easy; it wasn't hard at all to get perfect edges. I just had to make sure the router stayed at a 90 degree angle to the work.


This pretty much settles it for me; I don't think I'll be painting any more cabinets.

1 comment:

  1. can you define any further the formica sheets ? I am still in vague about the topic though.

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