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Advice on how to get the top of wood edging flush with a laminated countertop without marring the laminate.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #35 Nov-Dec 1993 pg. 12

Make a beveled edge on a laminate counter with a hand-held router and two piloted router bits. Shows how to apply laminate to make the joint lines less noticeable.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #39 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 12

Tip on cutting a preformed countertop to length without chipping the plastic laminate.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #72 Apr 1999 pg. 14

Kitchens and counters. How to construct your own kitchen cabinets and associated drawers and doors. How to properly apply plastic laminate to countertops.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1980 (v.3#7) pg. 16

Two methods for adding wood trim to plastic laminate countertops.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Sep 1985 (v.8#12) pg. 70

How to build and install your own laminate countertop with a backsplash and solid-wood edging.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1995 (v.18#4) pg. 48

Counter culture. Spruce up your kitchen by installing a new preformed laminate countertop following these instructions.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1996 (v.19#6) pg. 54

Replacing existing counter tops with new plastic laminated counter tops.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #105 Aug 1968 (v.18#4) pg. 54

How to re-cement a plastic laminate counter top that has come loose.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #131 Dec 1971 (v.21#9) pg. 50

How to replace an old kitchen counter with a prefabricated laminated counter top. Covers buying considerations and step-by-step installation.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #179 Mar 1977 (v.27#2) pg. 44

Revitalize your kitchen with a new countertop. Tips on installing a replacement laminated countertop.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #224 Dec 1981 (v.31#10) pg. 64

A review of the five common countertop materials used in a kitchen. Looks at advantages of each, durability, cleanability, costs, etc. Typical edge finishes are also viewed.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #270 Jul-Aug 1986 (v.36#6) pg. 53

How to mend a chipped or broken laminate countertop.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #341 Sep 1993 (v.43#8) pg. 69

Installing a "postformed" style plastic laminate kitchen countertop.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #358 May 1995 (v.45#5) pg. 70

Tip on applying petroleum jelly to a laminated countertop edge before using the trimming bit.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #361 Sep 1995 (v.45#8) pg. 20

Tip shows how to conceal a burn mark in a laminate countertop with a drop-in hot pad/cutting board.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #370 Jul-Aug 1996 (v.46#7) pg. 8

Making countertops. Cutting, gluing and trimming plastic laminate.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #385 Feb 1998 (v.48#2) pg. 73

Tips for a trouble-free installation of a preformed plastic laminate countertop.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #396 Mar 1999 (v.49#3) pg. 67

How to build and/or install plastic-laminate countertops.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #9 Jun-Jul 1982 pg. 39
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #10 Aug-Sep 1982 pg. 4

Tip: Use pieces of old metal tape measure, instead of brown paper, when aligning plastic laminate to countertops.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #10 Aug-Sep 1982 pg. 12

How to avoid problems when seaming plastic laminate countertops, with emphasis on careful core (substrate) preparation.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #41 Aug-Sep 1987 pg. 8

Making plastic-laminate countertops. Cutting shears and spray adhesive are among the tricks that make the job easier.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #75 Jun-Jul 1992 pg. 60
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 8

Making and installing hardwood edgings for plastic laminate countertops.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #78 Dec 1992-Jan 1993 pg. 66

Tip on cutting a sink opening in a countertop without having the scrap piece fall and damage the laminate.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #82 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 28

Tips on locating and installing seams in plastic laminate countertops.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #86 Feb-Mar 1994 pg. 16

Making bevel-edge laminate countertops by attaching store-bought moldings using a router and simple jigs.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #114 Feb-Mar 1998 pg. 88
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #115 Apr-May 1998 pg. 6

Step-by-step instructions for installing a postformed laminate countertop.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #121 Feb-Mar 1999 pg. 68
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #124 Jun-Jul 1999 pg. 6

Tip on using a hammer to keep a sink cutout from falling and to serve as a handle to lift out the cutout.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #122 Apr-May 1999 pg. 30

Working with synthetic countertop materials (plastic laminates and solid surface materials).
FINE WOODWORKING #108 Sep-Oct 1994 pg. 64
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 6

How to repair laminated plastic counters, ceramic tile counters, linoleum counters and wood counters.
HANDY ANDY Oct 1978 (v.3#1) pg. 90

Kitchen facelift. Photos illustrate the steps taken by professionals to relaminate your old kitchen cabinets and countertops.
HOME MECHANIX #711 Jul 1987 (v.83) pg. 40

Working with laminates. Part 1. Bonding the self-edge (vertical pieces) on a countertop.
HOME MECHANIX #724 Aug 1988 (v.84) pg. 26

Working with laminates. Part 2. Applying laminate to the top surface. Making and installing the backsplash.
HOME MECHANIX #725 Sep 1988 (v.84) pg. 22

Everything you need to know about plastic-laminate and solid-surface countertops.
HOME MECHANIX #789 Oct 1994 (v.90) pg. 41

Tip shows how to reseal a laminate top that is separating along the edge.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #6 Summer 1977 (v.2#2) pg. 100

Tips on applying plastic laminate to the tops and edges of countertops.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1982 (v.7#1) pg. 99

How to work with plastic laminates. Four ways to cut them and how to install counter tops.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1970 (v.133#3) pg. 154

How to apply plastic laminate. Drawings and text illustrate the step-by-step process for installing on countertop.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1975 (v.143#2) pg. 110

How to build your own kitchen cabinets. How to build typical wall cabinets and typical base cabinets from plywood, plus tips on adding plastic laminate tops and finishing.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1978 (v.149#4) pg. 141

How to install both tile and laminate on your countertops.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1983 (v.159#2) pg. 102

Basic techniques for applying plastic laminate and special edge treatments.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1987 (v.164#5) pg. 97

Countertop facelift. How to install new plastic laminate over old laminate and trim with a wood edging.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1994 (v.171#10) pg. 96

Eight elegant edges for countertops are made from layered laminates or heat-formed (curved) laminates.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1986 (v.228#4) pg. 122

Working with plastic laminates to surface a countertop. Tips on laminate grades, substrate, adhesives, trimming, etc.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #43 Jun 1988 (v.8#1) pg. 39

Recovering countertops. How to install plastic laminate over old laminate.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Sep 1986 (v.1#1) pg. 96

How to customize your kitchen counter edge. Replace plastic laminate with a decorative wooden strip that features a narrow inlaid strip of matching laminate.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Feb 1987 (v.2#2) pg. 102

Tip on sawing (cutting) an existing countertop without chipping the laminate.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Sep 1990 (v.5#6) pg. 17

Tip on eliminating router marks when trimming the edge of a plastic-laminated shelf with a router bit.
WOOD MAGAZINE #87 Apr 1996 (v.13#3) pg. 8

Crafting a plastic laminate kitchen countertop. Looks at edge treatments, backsplash construction, installation, etc.
WOOD MAGAZINE #136 Oct 2001 (v.18#7) pg. 68

Tip on making exact-size sanding blocks for sanding the top surface of wooden countertop edging without damaging the plastic laminate.
WOODSMITH #114 Dec 1997 (v.19) pg. 5

How to install a plastic laminate counter top.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1974 (v.30#2) pg. 28

How to replace a worn countertop with plastic laminate.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1978 (v.34#5) pg. 115

(1) Tips on removing plastic laminate from countertops. (2) Conceal a scorched section of plastic laminate by installing a ceramic tile "hot pad" or a cutting board into the countertop.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1987 (v.43#5) pg. 14

Tip on using wire and finishing nails to support a countertop sink cutout until the cutting is completed.
WORKBENCH Apr-May 1991 (v.47#2) pg. 30

SPECIAL SECTION on kitchens. Designing a kitchen to create more usable space and better storage. Learn how to build and install kitchen cabinets and countertops. Installing dishwasher and sink.
WORKBENCH Apr-May 1992 (v.48#2) pg. 23, 30, 38, 42, 48

Tip on repairing a small hole in laminate using siliconized acrylic caulk colored to match.
WORKBENCH Aug-Sep 1994 (v.50#4) pg. 11

Building and installing a kitchen countertop with plastic laminate covering.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1998 (v.54#3) pg. 48