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mj12 03-18-2013 10:50 PM

Big box formica counter tops
Any one ever have luck buying formica counter tops from the big box stores? I am looking at just ordering a pre made top. I have always made them myself so this is new to me. The top will need one 45 miter joint. Anytime I try and use stuff that homeowners use I always get burn't.

rossfingal 03-19-2013 05:10 AM

I've made counter tops -
Had them made at top-shops -
Got them from Big Box stores.
If you get them from a Big Box store -
Look at them closely - particularly the 45 degree edge.


joecaption 03-19-2013 06:27 AM

Check out the new ones at Home Depot there stocking.
They have a roman ogee front and back edge and look like granite.
Only minor issue I had with them was I had to add a 1 X 4 to the top of the cabinet to get them level with the side of the range.
I installed them in a rental and everyone that came to look at the place commented how much they liked them.

mj12 03-19-2013 07:28 AM

I will take a look today. Problem I run into is not all the bigbox carry the same items. Some jobs I find myself driving 45 minutes to get to the home depot with the particular items I need. Also how do you scribe those counter tops with the built in backsplash. They showed the guy in the ad planing the back splash down to fit the wall

PoleCat 03-19-2013 09:14 AM

We got an off the shelf 6 foot one from the blue or orange store, can't remember which now, that had some really sub standard laminate on top. The finish gets hazy spots and a light scrub gets you to wood real fast. I screwed up on that buy.

joecaption 03-19-2013 09:17 AM

A simple belt sander is what I would use. A planer may chip the top. And will distroy the blades.

mj12 03-19-2013 04:09 PM

Just got back from the orange and the blue. Man oh man, the sheets of formica are more than the counter tops themselves. I am thinking just buy a ten and a six foot pieces, then just cut the ten down and I have a one foot section to use. First question, what do I cut these with, circular saw or jig saw. And what do I do with the exposed ends/. I do not want to buy a whole sheet of laminate just to do a few small strips. This is a rental so it does not have to be perfect, but I do not want any troubled spots. I have a router and bits.

PoleCat 03-19-2013 05:15 PM

Should have picked up some edge pieces while you were there. They sell them to match their ready made counters. They iron on.

MCB 03-21-2013 09:35 AM


Originally Posted by mj12
First question, what do I cut these with, circular saw or jig .

My plumber uses a reverse cut blade in a jigsaw for cutting sink holes, etc in laminate and I've used the same for shortening off cut counters. Keeps it from chipping.

merle 03-21-2013 01:18 PM

We bought ours from Home Depot and they came out and measured, When it came It fit like a glove. all one peace. it was great.

Maintenance 6 03-22-2013 12:28 PM

Usually, I prefer to make counters myself, but I ordered an 8' countertop from the orange store for a low budget kitchen install. They had to make it 3 times till they got it right. I gave them the overall length needed, but they insisted on having the length dimension of the cabinets that it would sit on. Then they forgot the the inch and a half overhang on the exposed end. Take it back and reorder. Fortunately, I kept a copy of the drawing that I gave them. The second time, they did the exact same thing. :whistling2: When I took it back (again), they decided to argue about it. OK, dipstick, come out and measure it yourself, which they did. Lots of head hanging and gaze averting later, they admitted to their screwup and ordered it again. Hey, third time's a charm......... 6 weeks later. The manager did give me a heck of a credit though for the lost time. Pretty much got all the counters for the job for next to nothing.

mj12 03-23-2013 12:38 AM

Little more info here. So this is a rental gone bad basically. Normally someone would want to just do a patch job on a rental, which has been done for years and years. I do not really want to do a patch job, but I do not want to spend a fortune. After looking over the job, the walls are very far out of square, the floor to wall is way out. The floor is very unlevel. I would rather just buy all new bottom cabinets than screw with patching the old ones up anymore. I plan on leveling the floor. I will leave the wall out of plumb because it will just mean a gap behind the cabinet. I will pull a few top cabinets and pad out the plaster a good deal over a four foot section. Drywall the now plumb and square wall. Hang the top cabinets, set the bottom cabinets. Throw some pre made tops over them and be done. I just hate to fight and fight and in the end have a hack job. Should I do it right?

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