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Old 01-19-2013, 12:00 PM   #337
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Wow, Becky, you are doing such great work! I have probably read this already, and if so, I'm sorry for asking you to repeat, but what type of wood and plywood are you using?

Thanks, Becky, for the information. It'll be a good feeling when we get Lily's shell back down and are where you are now.

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Old 01-19-2013, 01:12 PM   #338
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I'm using maple plywood & solid maple with just poly & no stain. I tried to pick through the plywood for some with character.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:29 AM   #339
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Your Bambi II is looking great Becky, looks like you will be rolling down road with her this spring!
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:31 PM   #340
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I finished laminating the galley last night. Routing isn't my favorite thing...could be that I'm forever damaged by witnessing my sister-in-law turn the end of her finger into hamburger while routing!! (back in the good ol' days we had a little wood craft business). Anyhow, there was much routing to be done, but I'm now finished with laminating!!
Becky, what bit did you use for trimming the laminate?

I'm seriously considering putting new laminate on the Tin Pickle's kitchen counter. Any words of wisdom for someone with a bit of routering experience but a total noob where laminate is concerned?
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:16 PM   #341
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Becky, what bit did you use for trimming the laminate?

I'm seriously considering putting new laminate on the Tin Pickle's kitchen counter. Any words of wisdom for someone with a bit of routering experience but a total noob where laminate is concerned?
I used this gizmo that was in the case with my ancient Craftsman router when I bought it at a garage sale many moons ago!Click image for larger version

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ID:	177075 It had a small cutter bit. I've never cut laminate before, so I figured I'd use the thing that was made for it. Plus, I covered the very edge of my routing with the silver banding, so if I screwed up a little, it didn't show

These are my tips from one newbie to another about laminating:
Get yourself a bunch of dowel rods--about 3/8" - 1/2" diameter or so. After you have your adhesive on both surfaces of your project (laminate & plywood or whatever you plan to use) and it is dry enough according to the directions, put the dowels all about 6" or so on the top of the plywood. When you have your top lined up to the bottom, gently pull each dowel out from the middle out to the edges. Smooth it all out with a heavy rolling pin (that's what I used, cause I wasn't going to go buy a roller--they have them if you want to buy one) Walk away & let your glue dry at least a day before you try routing it. I cut my overhang so it was closer to the plywood with a little air cutoff saw. It got a little smokey in the garage, but it worked pretty well. Cause if you cut it with a scissor, it can crack in bad places. That's about it. I wish you luck!
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:23 PM   #342
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Got my mess of wires under control in the upper cabinets.Click image for larger version

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:23 PM   #343
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This afternoon/evening I installed the handles on the drawers & doors of the lower cabinets. Glad that's finished!

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #344
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Very nice Becky, it's going to be gorgeous when your done!
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It's really coming together and looking almost finished. Beautiful!
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I totally agree, very nice! Your cabinets, especially the drawer/door fronts look outstanding.

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:48 AM   #347
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Such amazing work! So impressive!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:32 PM   #348
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Geez thats alot of door's-n-drawers! Your Bambi has more than my Overlander...

Lookin' good.
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:29 AM   #349
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The drawers were a new experience for me. I can't say they were an easy one & I can say that I kept my temper in check throughout the process either! :-)
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Wow!! That looks fabulous. Great work!!
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