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Old 05-21-2011, 02:46 PM   #29
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Wow! That looks great! I love seeing what everyone else has done.

...speaking of formica. We hit up the local Habitat re-store today and picked up 6 sheets (4 white and 2 cherry wood-grain). I plan to incorporate these into new wall panels and door and drawer fronts, as well as using the white inside the cabinets. $5 a sheet seemed like a pretty good deal. My wife picked up some different upholstery material for the front couch/bed, since I decided to make the table out of the aqua boomerang laminate. Now we still have enough upholstery material to recover all of the cushions again (I think it might be time to get our baby girl a sister).
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:03 PM   #30
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18 years in the cabinet industry has taught me....

boomerang boomerang boomerang.... There are 1000s of patterns of laminate and everyone goes for the cliché . Why is that? Never once have I seen boomerang in a vintage trailer that the owner was not trying to look vintage.

Sorry to be the downer, but I think there is more than just the boomerang pattern that looks vintage.

The original poster linked the UK line. The American line is even broader for what it is worth. Add Nevarmar, Pionite, Wilsonart, and another dozen companies and you have over 35,000 choices. Many of them are actually vintage patterns. You can send Formica a sample of an actual vintage pattern and for the right cost they will match it.
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Kleeshay? Hey, I resemble that remark. Anyway, with boomerang being discontinued, people won't have to tolerate it much longer...and in another 20 years it'll be retro again, chic, not cliche'. (Not bad for someone that doesn't speak french, n'est pas?)
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:27 AM   #32
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I apologize for saying anything. Boomerang is awesome stuff.
I would not worry about it being discontinued. Formica has done it a few times then brings it back for a limited time.
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No apologies needed. We all have different tastes and different abilities. I put aqua boomer in a '73 Shasta (Sisters on the Fly) trailer and I have no doubt that my wife will accessorize the entry with pink flamingos. It's all good.
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Cliche'? Maybe... Vintage? Wasn't really thinking of that... It's more of a nostalgia thing, it happens to be a pattern that my wife has been obsessed with for 20 years. She has a reddish-orange boomerang formica table that she bought in her teens and when it came time to remodel out kitchen, she was very insistent on using the boomerang pattern. Turns out that I had enough scrap to do the galley in the Argosy, so I went for it.
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...I ripped pieces of the formica to 1 1/8" to slide into the face trim as well.
How do you do that? with a table saw?
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... with a triple chip blade.
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I used my table saw with a fine toothed blade, I also added a piece of wod to the rip fence so that the thin formica wouldn't slide under the fence. Go slow and be careful...
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Love the look of aqua boomerang!
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........ I ripped pieces of the formica to 1 1/8" to slide into the face trim as well.
Question about that. I'm using the original face trim and ripped a 1 1/8" piece as well. The trim has one corner that's a "slow" 90 degree turn. Having trouble getting the piece to round that corner, presumably because the turn is too "sharp" for the Formica. Any suggestions? Maybe a little wax or soap down in the trim grooves? Silicon spray?

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I had to finesse the bend area of the aluminum track, along with a little silicone spray and simultaneously pushing the lead end at the point of the bend...make sure you deburr the edges of the formica strip as well.
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