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Old 05-27-2018, 03:25 PM   #1
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Formica Countertop Seam Advice


Hi,


I going to replace an L-Shaped formica countertop where one side is 156 inches (13 feet). From what I can gather, I'm under the impression that it will need to be seamed.

In some cases, a corner is seamed at a 45 degree angle, but that can't be done because the longest piece of laminate seam or laminate slab that I can find is 12 feet. Therefore one sheet/slab cannot cannot reach the corner from the left end.

I realize I can seam it twice: once at the sink and then another 45 degree seam at the corner, but perhaps there's another option?

I'm looking for advice on how to seam it. A drawing is below. Can any countertop gurus out there offer some advice?

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How far to the sink? Seems like you could do it with one seam at the sink if you had a 60" x 144".
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Re: Formica Countertop Seam Advice


Thanks Marson.

It's about 78 inches to the center of the sink to the corner. So the sink is centered.


Does anyone know if Lowe's or Home Depot can pre-fabricate those two pieces including the right side L shape?

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The box stores should be able to get you post formed tops. You would probably be limited to under 12', and would need a miter in the corner. The come in pieces and you have to bolt the miter together on site. Not a big deal. Not a hundred percent sure on the 12'---I've never seen it done but perhaps it's available. Hopefully someone will chime in.



If you are talking about having someone build it out of sheet laminate, then you should go to a kitchen supplier (actually in either case I would go to a "real" kitchen place.) If you do it yourself, you could get a 60 x 96 and a 30 x 96 and put the seam by the sink.
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Are you looking to build from scratch the whole counter top using Formica sheets glued to your own base?

Or plan to to use the prefab counter tops in stock at the big box?


In either case I would try to avoid putting a seam with in the sink. It would be the most inconspicuous, but with all the water that gets splashed around the sink it could lead to problems.
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Hi Yodaman.

I prefer to use prefab, but would like a custom pre-fabbed to fit the L corner with no seam in the corner. I would consider doing it myself if I have trouble finding a custom pre-fab.

I've researched the DIY version and know how to do the corner with no seam. Simply purchase an extra wide sheet and remove the excess.

Just had a thought. If i use a sink with a front apron, there could be one seam in the rear of the sink, or zero seams if a sink is available that's counter depth. Not sure where to get a counter depth sink though.
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Something like the sink below would be ideal, but with 2 bowls. Anyone know where to purchase one?


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You can have a counter top made to your specifications at Home Depot or Lowe's. You can have it made with the sink hole cut or with out. It will cost a lot more than you purchasing two counters tops but a lot less than trying to build your own counter top and then covering with laminate (Formica). Covering something with laminate requires certain tools and a certain amount of experience. Laminate work is a trade that has almost disappeared.
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Covering something with laminate requires certain tools and a certain amount of experience. Laminate work is a trade that has almost disappeared.
Man I hate to hear that, I have a lot of laminate tools I need to sell. LOL I will never use my seaming router again.
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Should be able to purchase a sink like that from any Kit. and bath dealer.


I have a similar layout and put the seam about 12'' off the inside corner.
So I have no mitered corner, just a butt joint along one side

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