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 Post subject: Laminate Flooring.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:13 pm 
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Here's a thought, (no doubt someone else out there in the world has already done it.)

$12 a sqm Ikea clik-lok flooring glued to 12mm MDF/chipboard for a ready finished surface for a cab?

The flooring is 7mm thick, so glued to a 12mm sheet will give you a 19mm thick piece.

You could pretty much make any size sheet you want.

Smaller jobs such as a cocktail you might even be able to discard the 12mm substrate and use it glued to clad a pine bracing frame only.

It maybe a dumb idea, but I though I'd float it anyways.

Feel free to kick it around :)

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 Post subject: Re: Laminate Flooring.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:29 pm 
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I reckon that sounds like a pretty good idea begee. Do you need any special tools/techniques to cut laminate?

Damn you IKEA, why aren't you in Townsville!!!??
(Because the hicks up here wouldn't know what to do with it or how to say it!)

One more reason to move to Sydney.

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 Post subject: Re: Laminate Flooring.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:32 pm 
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I did a laminate floor at our place and used a jigsaw to cut it, only trick was to turn it over and cut from the back so it did not chip.

Bunnies do laminate floor as well Big, not sure if it as cheap as the Swedes though.

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 Post subject: Re: Laminate Flooring.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:34 pm 
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So you mean laminate facing down to the floor while cutting?

Might have to check Bummings next time I'm there, you never know.

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 Post subject: Re: Laminate Flooring.
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So you mean laminate facing down to the floor while cutting?


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 Post subject: Re: Laminate Flooring.
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Cutting with a hacksaw blade instead works wonders but due to the vertical cutting of jigsaws, reversing sheet can work but better still, cut laminate on a sheet of scrap MDF/ply, etc... to support underside of work by splintering ply/mdf instead or a plank of wood on both sides of cutting line if that makes sense. A file or trimmer smooths off the edges. If cutting by hand, cut shallow (ie - Keep saw blade at a very low angle...say...5 - 10 degrees). Takes longer but finish is better and likelyhood of chipping is less likely.

As a general rule, leave around 2 - 3mm oversized all around and file down, rather that cut to the exact size, first go.

Very brittle to work with but if you work with it slowly, you will get good results.

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 Post subject: Re: Laminate Flooring.
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:24 am 
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Or cut with a router. Smooth edge every time, with no chipping.

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