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.