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How to DIY Laminate Countertops (Formica 180fx) ✔



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in this video I'm going step by step on

how I built these beautiful laminate

countertops for about 300 bucks using

particle board and Formica 1080 FX

laminate and some og edging one of the

very first things I did to make my life

easier as I had the big-box retail store

with me a piece of particle board in the

24 inch wide pieces now that two pieces

actually came out to be 24 inches wide I

used as the main countertop and then

there were other two pieces I'm just

ripping those in half and I'm screwing

those together to form a inch and a half

thickness of countertop if that makes

any sense because each piece is 3/4 inch

now traditionally a lot of people will

make the countertops the 3/4 inch piece

and then just glue or whatever screw a

trim piece around the edge to double it

up to make it to one 1/2 inch thickness

but to me I had this particle board here

I just like the solidness of making the

whole thing 1 1/2 inch thick as much as

I can so I went ahead and did that this

video clip you can see I am screwing the

two pieces together here and I'm not

using any glue frankly because I did not

have glue on hand but some wood glue

between these would definitely help and

be nice but the screws also by

themselves hold just fine started by

screwing through the bottom piece into

the top piece just two screws just to

hold it on there

and then I went from the top to the

bottom and screwed it down that way I

don't have any screws poking out at the

top of this piece in case they go in too

deep or something which these ones do

kind of poke out because they're

inch-and-a-half on the on the money it

also use inch and 3/8 screws you could

find where in possibly inch and 1/4 but

those don't really get a lot a lot of

meat in there

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in this awkward kitchen layout I built

these countertops to maximize the

counter space using what I could in this

situation it took some angles to make a

walkway a path to get through and also

maximize the counter space so that took

a little bit of figuring out to get

these angles right and of course your

situation will vary whatever size you

need to make your countertops however

you want to do it

that's all up to you

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it's a really good idea to cut out the

kitchen sink opening before you laminate

the countertops so that's what I'm doing

here the first thing it is I took some

measurements and made sure it was

centered up where I wanted it and after

I did that it took a marker and marked

around it and of course when you go to

cut it out you got to cut inside that

mark about is about 3/4 of an inch on

this sink

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I received my laminate in the mail and

it needed to cut it down to be the width

of the countertops and this is a five

foot wide roll by twelve foot long and

it seemed like it'd be kind of crazy to

unroll it and try to cut in half that

way so I took a flooring saw and made a

slit where I could insert my jigsaw and

I just cut it in half that way and it

works just fine laminating the laminate

to your countertop deck that you just

constructed we want to use the original

contact cement the crazy solvent stuff

yeah it stinks and it's messy but that

stuff is super strong when you bond it

so you coat both sides of your deck and

your laminate you let it sit for about

15 minutes

you put it together and I have a

j-roller somewhere which is like a

roller you used to let pressure on it

but I could not find it so unfortunately

my method here was to walk on it and to

use my hands eventually I figured out I

could use a rag to glide across the

laminate and apply pressure with my hand

and that would be good enough

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on this piece once I got the laminate

pressed down pretty firmly I took my

router with a flush trim bit and went

ahead and did the edges here's a clip of

the flush trim bit at work here on the

router you can see you need one of these

absolutely when you're doing laminate

after I edge this I went back with a rag

in my hand and pressed down really hard

around the edges and everywhere else on

this laminate made sure it was really

adhered then I took my flush trim and

cut out the kitchen sink opening before

I start gluing on this edging I prepped

the edges of the countertop with this

detail sander and some 80 grit sandpaper

my countertop side to use an angle

finder too for all these weird random

angles I cut and then I used a miter saw

to cut the angles it helps what you do

is you kind of tape one piece in to go

off of and then figure out the other

ones and make them fit up as good as you

can as you can see here even as I'm

gluing this first piece on here I have

the other piece taped on there just so I

can press this one right up against it

and I know where they're gonna go

together and then get the tightest seam

that way or the tightest joint I'm using

some type on to regular type wood glue

and even though I didn't figured it out

first I figured out the best way to put

a line in the little groove that got in

this edging and then another little line

below it of glue and you just press it

up against your countertop and kind of

wiggle it up and down a little bit smear

the glue then it'll stick pretty good

and then after that that's when you go

ahead and start taping it on there

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so you'll wait about an hour for that

glue to dry and you pull the tape off

and your countertops are done all you

need now maybe a nice little backsplash

or something some tiles or something on

the back of there it's all done now

countertop we're done man

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