Making a Tabletop with Exposed Edge Banding

The procedures for making this style of tabletop are no different than those detailed in this chapter's step-by-step. They simply are performed in a different sequence.

1. Laminate the two layers to form the core, and prepare the edge-banding (Steps I through 3 on page 1 59).

2. After squaring the core, apply the plastic laminate to it.

3. Trim the laminate flush with the edges of the core.

4. Now apply the edge-banding.

5. Trim it flush with the top and bottom surfaces of the tabletop. then apply a finish to it.

EXPOSED EDGE-BANDING

STEP ONE

STEP TWO

Flush-trimming bit

Substrate

EXPOSED EDGE-BANDING

STEP ONE

Flush-trimming bit

Substrate

Straight bit

Trim laminate flush with edge of substrate.

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Router with flush-trimming baseplate

Trim laminate flush with edge of substrate.

Laminate With Exposed Edges

Clue edge band to substrate. Trim it flush with laminate.

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Clue edge band to substrate. Trim it flush with laminate.

Laminate or backer

Natural wood edge band J

bristle brush or other applicator. Thoroughly coat the surfaces and wait for the cement to dry. Especially if you use a solvent-based cement, do this in a well-ventilated area.

After the cement has dried, distribute the spacers evenly over the substrate. The spacers can be dowels or narrow rip-pings from the scrap bin. Position die laminate on the spacers, and center it over the substrate. Pull the spacers one by one. and bond die laminate. I usually start in the middle, pulling one spacer and pressing the laminate down onto die substrate. Then I work out toward the edges. After the laminate is stuck to the substrate, go over the surface with a J-rollcr, pressing very hard to ensure diat die laminate is dioroughly bonded to the substrate. Or just tap a scrap of wood with a hammer as you move it slowly and mediodieally across the surface.

Rip the tabletop over, and repeat the process to apply laminate or backer to the other side.

8. Trim and bevel the edges. Complete the tabletop by trimming the laminate, slightly beveling the edge of the laminate and the hardwood edge-banding, Use a bevel-trimming bit in your router. Set the depth of cut to about '/« inch, which is about twice the thickness of the laminate. With the router on the laminate surfacc and the bit's pilot riding the edge-banding, rout around the tabletop. Turn the top over and trim the other side's laminate.

9- Apply a finish to the exposed edges. To completely stabilize the tabletop. the raw wood of the edge-banding must be sealed. A couple coats of polvurethane varnish should preserve the beauty of the w<xxl you've used for the edge-banding, while reducing to the bare minimum >t> ability to take on and give off moisnire.

Making a Tabletop with a Self-Edge

This style of tabletop doesn't require you to prepare and apply solid-wood edge-banding, but the process of applying and trimming the plastic laminate is more involved. Yet the techniques for doing this are no different than those detailed in this chapters step-by-step.

1. Laminate the two layers to form the core (Steps I and 2 on page 159).

2. After squaring the core, apply the plastic laminate to two opposite edges.

3. Trim this laminate flush all around.

4. Apply plastic laminate to the two remaining edges.

5. Trim this laminate flush all around. The ends of these strips will overlap the end edges of the first two strips^ applied and trimmed.

6. Apply the plastic laminate to the top and bottom surfaces of the tabletop.

7. With a bevel-trimming bit, trim the edges of the laminate. Set the cutter so it bevels the edges of the top and bottom surfaces without cutting into the faces of the laminate on the tabletop edges.

SELF-EDGE

STEP ONE

Substrate

Flush-trimming bit

Substrate

Flushing Off Laminate Edging

Trim self-edge flush with surface of substrate.

Self-edge

Laminate or backer. previously applied and trimmed flush

Trim self-edge flush with surface of substrate.

Laminate or backer. previously applied and trimmed flush

Self-edge

STEP TWO

15°-25° bevel-trimming bit

STEP TWO

15°-25° bevel-trimming bit

Countertop Edge Router

Laminate or backer

Bevel-trim the countertop laminate.

Laminate on the edge overlaps the laminate on the bottom.

Laminate or backer

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