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Old 08-27-2005, 01:54 PM   #1
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Aluminum edge on countertop

I am adding a table and changing out some of my counters to match. I want to use an aluminum edge band on the new plastic laminate tops. I have searched the web and haven't had the success I thought I would.

I found only one site with a profile that suits me. That company, Youngstown Aluminum Products, seems to be out of business. At least there phones have been disconnected.

Does anyone know of other suppliers to check?

Thanks.
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Old 08-27-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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Check out "Outwater Plastics" they have it...I used it when building our dinette.

Aluminum "T-Moulding"

Good luck with your project ~

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Old 08-27-2005, 06:37 PM   #3
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Yes, Youngstown is out of business. I ordered $60 worth of trim to finish my Caravel last December, they charged my card and then went under without sending me the goods. It's a shame because their product was great. Luckily I had already bought enough of the corner angle and edge trim to do my counters.
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Old 08-27-2005, 10:50 PM   #4
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I looked at Outwater Plastics. They have something called "Counter Trim." I will give them a call on Monday. I will keep you posted on my findings. Thanks again.
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Hi,

We recently put in new counter tops and customized our own trim from some aluminum that we bought at an Aluminum recycling place at a very small price. It was very easy and looks great. Good luck.
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Here's the link for the T-moulding at Outwater.

www2.archpro.com/cgi-bin/worderc?confc=B2C

We also used the fluted T-moulding same as Shari and it came out great. Need to have a channel cut into the edge of the counter or table for the 'T' to go into. I only used glue at the end of the mounding and you'll need to remove the 'T' part of the moulding if you're going around corners.

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Cut-a-groove?

How did you go about cuting the groove? I had planned on just screwing the trim in place.
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I had the table and the countertop made by a laminate company here in Phoenix and they cut the groove to my specs. I provided to them a sample of the 'T' molding to go by although they wouldn't install it because if the rounded corners. If you already had your table, you may find a laminate place to cut the groove for you for a small fee. They have the proper tools to do it right.

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Glued in place?
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The part of the 'T' molding that inserts into the groove has barbs on it and it stays in place pretty well. I only glued at the beginning and the end of the molding.

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One tip. When doing the rounded corners you have to cut the tee part out. I ended up using a dremel with a metal cutting bit. Worked great for this. But you have to be very careful with that kind of tool and clamp or have brave person hold the molding for you.

I ended up removing my molding from my table and adding liquid nails because it kept coming off slightly. That's because my table converts to a bed nightly. I did not have to glue the counter tops.

Good luck. It's a fun project!
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T molding

If you have a router, "Grizzley" has this bit that will probably work.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/item...emnumber=C1099
After you cut the slot, you'll want to cut V notches in the back of the T. Where and how many will depend on the radious. The smaller the radious the more V notches you'll need. Think of the V notches like the teeth of a saw. If you could bend the saw blade around, all of the teeth would come together.

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I bought T-moulding and the bit from Outwater. Unless you've done this before and are confident that you won't make a mistake, buy at least one extra piece of moulding. I did, and sure enough I messed up one piece experimenting with the best way to remove the T on the curved parts. If you don't have any extra you'll end up paying a lot of shipping and delaying your project if you have to reorder.

I had a fairly long piece to remove the T from for the inside curve. I ended up making a jig for the bandsaw and zipped it right off.

If you're concerned about an end loosening you can drive a small screw in from the bottom. Be sure to predrill the hole and make sure the screw is just long enough to go through the T, but not through the top!

Here's what it looked like:
http://www.airforums.com/forum...hlight=dinette
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