Well on my way home today i stopped in at the Restore it for habitat for humanity. There are some good deals there if you can use your hands an a little imagination.
So i am wondering i can get a sheet of 4x8 Formica for $7.
First is that a good deal. i have never bought the stuff before so i have no clue.
Its a granite patter but its still smooth.
Then i am planning to put a new panel in my table saw to the right hand side following my mod to my Table Saw thanks to Glenn B.
Well i want this more than stout and a nice flat surface because my router insert could be going in that side or the other. Either way its gonna be used for a router table surface top covering.
Now the big question on my mind, i have never layed this stuff down on anything, and all i can see in my mind is blobs of contact cement making this stuff look like a lake on a windy day.
So any guidance on how to do it so i dont end up that way.
Contact cement which is the glue i understand one uses, is not thin stuff and it aint like pva that you can smooth out.
What are the tricks and whats my likely outcome. I know i need to use the strips of wood to set it down once the glue is dry but i just cannot visualize how you get the glue flat.
Does it rub flat with a hard rubber roller?
Reason i ask is option no 2.
I can get a piece of counter top for $20 bucks already covered in Formica.
Problem is its mounted on particle board and looks like there is a slight bow in it already. I was thinking if i wet spray the bottom side of the particle board and laminate a piece of ply or mdf to it do you think i would be able to pull the slight bow flat. At least then the formice is already attached flat.
The counter top i can get is something like 53x 53 inchs with the one corner cut off at 45 about halfway to the center line in each side.
I dont need to use the whole piece but for the price they want its a deal especially when i consider laminating a sheet myself.
I was also thinking of making a torsion box out of 3/4 ply and mounting the particle board on that to pull it flat. When i say its bowed i dont mean by a lot but you can imagine this counter was only supported along the edges by the looks of it so its slightly sagged in the middle.
So which one would you go for. I only need 27 inch across from rail to rail.