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Tip on keeping thin plastic laminate from slipping under the rip fence of a table saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Sep-Oct 1988 (v.4#4) pg. 6
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER Jan-Feb 1989 (v.5#1) pg. 4

Tips on choosing between plywood, particle board and fiber board as substrates for plastic laminates.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Sep-Oct 1988 (v.4#4) pg. 6

Use venetian blind slats as separators when positioning plastic laminate.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #19 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 12

Tip on using a thin piece of heated steel (such as a hacksaw blade) to remove a particle from underneath plastic laminate.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #29 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 16

Auxiliary fence for use when cutting thin sheets of plastic laminate on a table saw.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #71 Feb 1999 pg. 38

Tip: How to attach (or re-attach) plastic laminate using contact cement.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1982 (v.5#5) pg. 5

How to use veneer and plastic laminates to finish home-built furniture.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1983 (v.6#12) pg. 22

Plastic laminate techniques. Tips on cutting, cementing, positioning, etc.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1989 (v.12#5) pg. 14
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1989 (v.12#7) pg. 6

A new iron-on plastic laminate plus decorative plastic moldings can be used to redecorate kitchen cabinets.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #104 Jun 1968 (v.18#3) pg. 40

How to apply decorative plastic laminates to an old table or other surface.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #183 Sep 1977 (v.27#6) pg. 55

How to handle plastic laminate.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #195 Jan 1979 (v.29#1) pg. 60

Jig for cutting accurate butt joints in Formica (plastic laminates).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #232 Oct 1982 (v.32#8) pg. 22

How to repair and repaint used office furniture. How to apply new plastic laminate over an existing laminated desk top.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #236 Feb 1983 (v.33#2) pg. 28

Tip on using heat to remove or rebond plastic laminate.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #279 May-Jun 1987 (v.37#5) pg. 128

How to repair plastic laminate edging that has loosened.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #314 Jan 1991 (v.41#1) pg. 8
Added Info FAMILY HANDYMAN #317 Apr 1991 (v.41#4) pg. 12
Added Info FAMILY HANDYMAN #323 Nov-Dec 1991 (v.41#10) pg. 12

Ensure a perfect butt seam between two pieces of plastic laminate by simultaneously routing both edges.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #358 May 1995 (v.45#5) pg. 29

Tip shows how to use rope to hold plastic laminate above the surface on which it is being applied.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #377 Apr 1997 (v.47#4) pg. 18

Tips on uses for scrap pieces of plastic laminate.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #390 Jul-Aug 1998 (v.48#7) pg. 20

Tip: Use flexible electric cord as a spacer when positioning laminate.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #29 Oct-Nov 1985 pg. 16

Technique for applying adhesive and plastic laminate to both faces of a cabinet door at one time.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #47 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 28

Tip: Use short lengths of drywall corner bead to separate the two glue-coated surfaces while positioning laminate.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #61 Jun-Jul 1990 pg. 24

Tip on ripping long, narrow strips of plastic laminate using a small table saw equipped with a supplementary rip fence and hold-down brackets.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #88 Apr-May 1994 pg. 28

Laminate-trimmer survey. Seven different models of these special routers are tested and compared. Includes tips on their use.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #95 Apr-May 1995 pg. 54

Working with melamine. This laminate-covered substrate produces a bright, clean and washable cabinet at a lower cost than hardwood panels. How to cut, drill, assemble and repair this material.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #99 Dec 1995-Jan 1996 pg. 68
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #102 Apr-May 1996 pg. 8

Advice on eliminating an air pocket under plastic laminate.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #117 Jun-Jul 1998 pg. 22

Tips on applying contact cement for plastic laminate.
FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 18
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #44 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 18

Laying plastic laminates. Understanding the basics of this ubiquitous "veneer".
FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 72
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #47 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 4

Tips on removing plastic laminate from a tabletop.
FINE WOODWORKING #65 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 14

Tips on trimming overhanging plastic laminate with a router bit without scratching.
FINE WOODWORKING #100 May-Jun 1993 pg. 34
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #101 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 10

Tip on preventing thin stock or plastic laminate from slipping under the fence when ripping wide panels on a table saw.
FINE WOODWORKING #111 Mar-Apr 1995 pg. 14

Tips on cutting melamine to reduce chipping.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 32

Tips on regluing lifted plastic laminate.
HOME MECHANIX #690 Oct 1985 (v.81) pg. 20

Repairing plastic laminate. How to rout out a damaged area in a countertop or tabletop and replace it with a patch that is barely visible. How to remove stains. Fixing broken strips along edges. Filling small cracks, scratches, holes, etc.
HOME MECHANIX #744 Apr 1990 (v.86) pg. 18

Tips on working with plastic laminates.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1985 (v.10#6) pg. 54

Tip: Repairing chips, pits and scratches in plastic laminate.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1987 (v.12#7) pg. 70

Tip on flattening bumps underneath plastic laminate.
HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.13#6) pg. 18

Tips on working with Formica. Includes information on applying it to adjacent edges and trimming the edges with file or router.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1978 (v.3#3) pg. 61

Ways to work with plastic laminates.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1979 (v.4#1) pg. 69

Tips on applying plastic laminate.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1980 (v.5#6) pg. 78

Tip: Add Teflon plumbing tape to the base of your portable circular saw when cutting laminates and acrylics in order to prevent scratching the plastic.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1982 (v.7#2) pg. 32

A new material for the handyman: Fake Leather is actually a plastic laminate. How to work with this material and how to build a library table that has an inlaid "leather" top using this plastic.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #565 Jun 1975 (v.71) pg. 80

Create an instant office. By customizing ready-to-finish furniture, you can design a home office. Includes instructions for applying plastic laminate.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #669 Feb 1984 (v.80) pg. 24

A guide to decorative laminates.
NEW SHELTER Oct 1985 (v.6#8) pg. 18

The tools pros use on plastic laminates. What they are and how to use them.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1971 (v.136#5) pg. 170

Tip: How to make a tool for flattening laminate and veneer.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1979 (v.152#2) pg. 89

Resurface your kitchen cabinets with plastic laminate for a brand new look.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1985 (v.162#1) pg. 100

Tip on fixing blisters in plastic laminate.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1987 (v.164#1) pg. 48

How to work with plastic laminates. A look at some of the new patterns available. Tips on alignment and handling joints, backsplashes and edges when using laminates.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1976 (v.209#3) pg. 104

How to apply light-duty plastic laminates. Diagrams for three simple tables to build and cover (coffee table, Parson's table, and night table).
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1980 (v.217#4) pg. 132

Working with the new solid-color laminates. Some tips. Includes instructions for making an upside-down "U-shaped" table (14" tall, 14" wide" 27" long") consisting of a simple frame covered with laminate.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1985 (v.226#5) pg. 95

Tip on removing plastic laminate from a sink cutout for use elsewhere.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #57 Nov 1990 (v.10#3) pg. 8

Tip on rejuvenating plastic laminate using clear lacquer.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #68 Sep 1992 (v.12#2) pg. 8

Plastic laminate. What it is, adhesives used for application and a summary of tools needed for working with laminate.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #93 Nov 1996 (v.16#5) pg. 54

Technique for aligning work pieces before bonding them with contact cement.
SHOPNOTES #33 May 1997 (v.6) pg. 30

Applying plastic laminates. How to get the job done right.
WOOD MAGAZINE #10 Apr 1986 (v.3#2) pg. 30
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #12 Aug 1986 (v.3#4) pg. 8

Tips on choosing and buying plastic laminates.
WOOD MAGAZINE #10 Apr 1986 (v.3#2) pg. 76

How to apply laminate to both sides of a cabinet door, shelf, etc. almost simultaneously.
WOOD MAGAZINE #27 Feb 1989 (v.6#1) pg. 14

How to apply plastic laminates. The basics on buying, cutting, substrates, applying, trimming, edging, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #80 Aug 1995 (v.12#5) pg. 56

Hand-powered laminate "jointer". A double-cut flat file clamped into this wooden handle is used to clean and straighten rough laminate edges or sheet metal.
WOOD MAGAZINE #85 Jan 1996 (v.13#1) pg. 26

Tip on using wire coat hangers to help position large pieces of adhesive-coated plastic laminate.
WOOD MAGAZINE #92 Nov 1996 (v.13#8) pg. 24

Advice on glues for working with MDF (medium density fiberboard) and plastic laminate.
WOOD MAGAZINE #97 Jun 1997 (v.14#4) pg. 24

How to make a clamping caul (a board with one slightly curved edge that applies pressure first to the middle and then to the outer edges as you tighten). Drawings illustrate the use of cauls in laminate clamping.
WOOD MAGAZINE #97 Jun 1997 (v.14#4) pg. 24

Jig for cutting plastic laminate on a table saw which prevents the laminate from sliding under the saw's rip fence.
WOODSMITH #33 May-Jun 1984 pg. 3

How to plane one surface down perfectly flush with another surface without disturbing the lower surface. This technique is often needed when edging around plywood, plastic laminate, etc.
WOODSMITH #56 Apr 1988 pg. 23
Added Info WOODSMITH #58 Aug 1988 pg. 3
Added Info WOODSMITH #59 Oct 1988 pg. 3

Simple jig for trimming laminate that overhangs the base material using a table saw.
WOODSMITH #83 Oct 1992 pg. 4

A piece of 1/4" plywood slotted to drop over a table saw rip fence prevents thin material like laminate from sliding under the fence.
WOODWORK #12 Winter 1991 pg. 14

Tip: Modify a standard marking gauge to cut narrow strips of plastic laminate for edging.
WOODWORKER Jan 1988 (v.92#1) pg. 62

Tip on getting a tight fit at seams when applying laminate or veneer to an edge.
WOODWORKER May 1988 (v.92#5) pg. 430

Tip: Use metal screen wire (instead of paper) when aligning plastic laminate coated with contact cement.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1981 (v.5#3) pg. 28

Technique for hole-sawing laminates without overheating the saw.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1996 (v.20#4) pg. 6

Applying plastic laminate without using a slip sheet.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1964 (v.20#1) pg. 62

How to repair a small hole in plastic laminate.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1968 (v.24#1) pg. 63

Getting started with plastic laminates. Cutting, cementing and edging instructions. Pattern for a jewelry box included for a first project.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1976 (v.32#5) pg. 46

Low-cost, easy kitchen remodeling involves resurfacing existing cabinets with plastic overlays. Instructions for working with the overlay material furnished.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1978 (v.34#6) pg. 38

Tip: Use waterless hand cleaner to clean plastic laminates.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1979 (v.35#3) pg. 9

Cut plastic laminate strips to exact width needed by using this jig for a table saw.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1979 (v.35#3) pg. 76

Tips on using contrasting colors of plastic laminate to do inlays.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1979 (v.35#4) pg. 45

How to apply laminates. Covers sizing, gluing, trimming and edging.
WORKBENCH Dec 1997 (v.53#6) pg. 28