This will be a quick guide on how to laminate your own cabinets or plywood projects using formica, contact cement, and a few basic tools, I completed this at the Techshop in San Francisco, a great workspace btw. Techshop.ws
Step 1: Assemble your materials
Lamination is great for turning plywood into a great looking piece of wood or furniture. It also can add durability, and water resistance to your countertops. There are three basic elements: Vaneer, glue, and a substrate (usually plywood, mdf, or strong stiff material to bear the load).
This instructable requires
an adjustable router
**Safety info: use full eye protection. ear plugs are also suggested. Routing is loud and the wood bits will fly everywhere. keep track of which way they are flying, and know where the nearest eye wash area is.**
a small roller
some sandpaper on a block
contact cement (for wood i used weldwood by DAP)
**Safety info: use a well ventilated area to apply any type of glue or contact cement**
a brush to clean with
disposable gloves optional but suggested.
a saw of some type to cut the laminate and the plywood (I suggest a table saw for precision cuts, YMMV with hand tools but i wouldn't suggest it)
Step 2: Cut the laminate
cut the laminate slightly larger than the size of the substrate. I like a quarter inch on each side.. In this instructable I will be using strips of laminate which were cut using a table saw to finish the exterior of a cabinet, arrange the laminate on a temporary surface such as scrap wood or newspaper. That way when the glue inevitably drips, it isn't permanently attached to your work surface. It helps to tape down the edges of the laminate being aware of your margin. Remember that some laminates and vaneers are brittle against the grain and the worst thing is to finish laminating a large surface only to get a chip or small break.