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Old 10-22-2017, 04:01 AM   #1
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Rounding the edge of a square countertop


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I'm in the research phase of renovating my kitchen's 30+ year old counter top and backsplash. The new surface will be laminate but I don't know much else except that the edges are square and there are only superficial cuts/dents in the old core.

What would be the best overall method (cost/effort) for adding a new, rounded edge? Note, all of these counters are straight, no odd curves or angles.
  1. Remove the old laminate and router a new edge on the core?
  2. Just buy matching edging?
    1. Alternate; add a round piece to the cores edge so that the laminate on top is seamless.
  3. Scrap it all for new?
Any additional suggestions and help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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Due to the age and possibility of the core degrading over time, I would go for door #3, and order the design you want, either in laminate or one of the other modern surfaces. Your limitation will be $$.
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You will be happiest with choice #3.

It will give you your desired effect.

As stated above it is cost that limits this.

And routing old particle board counter filler is like pressure washing a sand dune, it ain't going to be pretty after you're done.


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3 votes for 3.

The core will have damage for sure and if you're not an expert working with P/Lam, it won't come out good at all.
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Hello

I'm in the research phase of renovating my kitchen's 30+ year old counter top and backsplash. The new surface will be laminate but I don't know much else except that the edges are square and there are only superficial cuts/dents in the old core.

What would be the best overall method (cost/effort) for adding a new, rounded edge? Note, all of these counters are straight, no odd curves or angles.
  1. Remove the old laminate and router a new edge on the core?
  2. Just buy matching edging?
    1. Alternate; add a round piece to the cores edge so that the laminate on top is seamless.
  3. Scrap it all for new?
Any additional suggestions and help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

You can get low end granite installed for pretty close to the cost of hi-def custom made laminate
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Are you doing all the work yourself, including fabrication? As the other have said the budget is very important consideration. I am in the process of doing the same thing as you. If your counters are not post-formed you could possibly resurface them with laminate and have several options for detailing the edges. If they are post-formed there is not much you can do with them. My first choice would be solid surfacing but manufacturers will not sell the material to consumers....only certified installers. There are sellers of solid surface material who will sell to consumers but color availability could be a problem. Some of the new laminates are really nice and there are applied edging options that are really nice which makes this a good low cost option.
One consideration with working with what you currently have is what the substrate is e.g. plywood, particle board, or mdf.
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Are you doing all the work yourself, including fabrication? As the other have said the budget is very important consideration. I am in the process of doing the same thing as you. If your counters are not post-formed you could possibly resurface them with laminate and have several options for detailing the edges. If they are post-formed there is not much you can do with them. My first choice would be solid surfacing but manufacturers will not sell the material to consumers....only certified installers. There are sellers of solid surface material who will sell to consumers but color availability could be a problem. Some of the new laminates are really nice and there are applied edging options that are really nice which makes this a good low cost option.
One consideration with working with what you currently have is what the substrate is e.g. plywood, particle board, or mdf.

Menards will sell SS directly to the consumer.
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Menards will sell SS directly to the consumer.
Thank You. Good to know. I'd like to do SS. I'm in MA..no Menards around here. I'll check to see if shipping here will work.
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