Is there an instructable that gives me an idea of what to do with those little laminate chips that contractors and vendors hand out on key chains? You know, the ones that are samples of flooring or countertops? I don't know what they're called, but I sure have a slew of them!

Topic by suziwollman 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

restore laminate countertops ?

Question by rdchambers 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

what can put under laminate flooring to install?

I dont have the fome to put under laminate flooring to install i need to put some thing alse (pleas help me)

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I recently had a laminate photo collage placemat made. I want to add another photo. How can it be done? Should I laminate the new photo and glue it? What kind of glue? Can I glue the photo and re-laminate the whole thing again? Thanks

Topic by impaula 3 years ago

Is it possible to laminate papers at home without machine? Answered

I need to laminate some art works, pictures, but I don't have laminating machine at home. Have to go out (local stores, printing shops) each time to laminate anything (art work on paper, picture etc). it would have been easier if there was any way to laminate papers at home without machine. Is it possible?

Question by Muhaiminah Faiz 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to create laminated fabric /oil cloth?

Does anyone know how to create laminated fabric?  I have some fabric that I would like to laminate so that the coat I create will be waterproof. I think that the laminated cotton fabric can also be called oil cloth.

Question by buzzybee 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Paint laminate cabinets? Is this even possible? Maybe reface them?

I have almond colored with faux oak trim laminate cabinets in kitchen and baths.  Would like to update as I plan on selling fairly soon and don't want to invest a lot of $$.  My condo was build in the mid-80-'s and the cabinets look very dated.  I'm not very handy with tools but can manage the simple ones.  Thanks for any advice. Kahy

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Concrete/Tile over laminate?

I have a plain black laminate countertop in my bathroom that shows just about every drop of water with a nice white ring.  I was hoping to do a concrete or tile top but I'd like to keep it cheap by just doing it on top of the existing laminate.  Anyone know if this is possible? Thanks!

Topic by vgavrich 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Why are car windshields laminated? Answered

Side and rear windows are tempered so that they shatter into relatively harmless chunks on impact. But windshields are laminated, so that even though they shatter, all of the pieces are kept in place. Why is this? It seems that if a laminated windshield shatters/spiderwebs and remains in place, it would completely obscure the driver's vision while he is trying to control the car. Additionally, if someone is thrown from the car, through the windshield, they would be cut by the glass shards that are stuck to the laminate. So why are windshields laminated, or more importantly, why aren't all windows in a car made of the same type of glass?

Question by JamesRPatrick 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Best way to laminate plate glass? Answered

Was wondering what people thought might be the best way to laminate plate glass strips together to make a block-o-glass.  I will be sanding the edges with a angle grinder fitted with a flap disc, so a flexible glue would not be great.  Yes I know probably a belt sander would give me a flatter edge, but I am wanting a mottled sort of look.  Anyway, silicon is out, as it is not good for sanding  Epoxy might be the way, but I find it gets gummy under high heat friction sanding.  Gorilla glue maybe or is there some magic yet cost effective glue out there.  It will be a block about 2.5 feet by 2.5 feet with a thickness of about 3 inches.  It will held in a frame with continuous supports around the bottom and sides with the top 1 inch exposed, so it will not have to hold its own weight.  Double sided tape could conceivably  be used, but I am trying to make it somewhat water resistant.  It doesn't have to be clear, but it does have to allow some light transmission.  Enough caveats on it?

Question by iminthebathroom 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Will laminated poster handle extreme temperatures?

Need to know if this poster will last in extrem temperature, if I laminate it (with clear plastic in one of those machines at copy store). Poster will be protected from direct sun and water, but will be subject to winter and summer temperatures in northern Illinois (negative 15 to 105 degrees). Thoughts? Or should I use a glue and no laminate?

Question by Doowhop 9 months ago

Can countertop laminate be used as flooring?

I've been having a hard time finding just the right color and pattern that I want in sheet vinyl or tiles, and Formica/Wisonart laminates come in about a BILLION styles and colors. If I put it down as flooring, do you think the surface would last over time? In a bathroom it would only see foot traffic and water, nothing heavy to scrape or damage it (like a fridge or furniture legs). I don't imagine it would chip or break as long as all the outer edges are protected. In a small bathroom you could get away with using only one sheet (no seams), or 2 sheets with just one seam in the middle. Sheets of laminate aren't cheap, but they're no worse than sheet vinyl of the same size. I imagine you couldn't "loose-lay" it even if you cut it to the exact dimensions of the room, because you'd probably get a slight air pocket effect when you step on it. A strip of glue down the floor's center along with perimeter gluing ought to be sufficient.

Question by Scott153 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

How do you laminate a four leaf clover?

Also what would be the best kind of lamination should i heat up or use a self sealing sheet. and would i need to press it in a book for a month or so.

Question by antrobus 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

is there any way to glue laminated paper to itself?

I have some paper pieces that I laminated with a laminating machine - so it has that smooth tough glossy plastic shielding all around it.  I want to glue the laminated paper together and nothing seems to hold so far.   I have tried roughening up the parts to be glued with a file and super glue - no good.  I've tried "Tacky Glue" - nothing.    I also tried heating up the surfaces to be glued with a hot knife in an attempt to roughen it up and then glue it - not working. I thought heat might work, but I don't have a way to administer the heat to the areas without causing damage Staples work, but they mar the aesthetics - and in some places I don't have a long enough stapler to reach where I need the connection. Thanks for any info -foo

Question by foobear 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

hi, can anyone help with a laminating steel or brass with a thin film of silicon? Answered

Im buildng a mould for casing pcl (polymorf) there are issuse with using petroleum jelly as a release agent due to it clogging the pores, im building a highly porus biological scaffold for tissue engineering

Question by randomhand 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Hi New here and new to crafting! Have a question about making coasters out of laminates.

Hello and thanks for reading.  Lurker around here for years first time posting.  I really hope someone can help me. Allow me to explain for a second if you will indulge me.   I worked at a radio station for a few years and in those few years I have acquired an insane amount of stuff I have a ton of stickers, shirts, jackets, sweaters, posters, banners, autographed stuff, lanyards and of course Credentials or laminates which were badges that we wore for our big events to get access in and out of all areas of the events.   Today I am asking about the credentials.  I want to make those into coasters.  I am moving soon and I figured these would make great coasters.  I have put up some pics of them so you can see they are basically a paper laminated on both sides very sturdy that is until they get wet.  When they get wet they split in the middle )laminate and a little paper on each side.   I am coming to you people for ideas on how I can make these into durable coasters.  I actually have about 50 of these and another 20 in other shapes (triangles, octagons, squares) but mostly I am interested in the square ones.   I did search for how to make coasters and there is a lot of stuff on how to make them but not make them durable.  Any help would be greatly appreciated Heck if you have any other ideas on what I could do with them to make them into a cool memory item I would love to hear that to as well as what to do with all the other stuff I have.  Thanks :) have a great day! 

Topic by GoChaca 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Help with my skis =)

Is it possible to re-laminate the tops of my skis? or have it done?Does anybody know how I can keep them from chipping when they clash into each other in the air? Thank you for your time!

Question by iamtoats 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

would it be possible to use wooden laminate flooring as blades for a wind turbine?

Hi, was thinking of making a wind turbine with some parts i have like a newish car alternator and battery bit of electronics and some spare wooden laminate flooring looks about 15cm wide about 150 cm tall and just under a cm deep, and some stuff for making a frame for it. got a bit of electrical knowlege. cheers.

Question by padz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Best way to clean an etched stain in laminate countertops? Answered

So I used some of the copper etching solution of HO and HCl and some of it accidentally spilled on my bathroom countertop (I think it's laminate, one of those veneer things). I didn't think it sat very long, but now the area where it sat is distinctly lighter. What's interesting is that if I wipe it down with water, it becomes "normal looking," but as soon as it's dry, the lighter stain comes through again.  Anyone have any suggestions? Is this something that can be absorbed or cleaned off? Or is there a solution you can use to darken a countertop?

Question by shmolky 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

what is the best way to ensure that you get a bubble free laminated glass?

Dear all We have a bit of a problem with bubbles at the edge of the laminated glass and welcome suggestions. We are unsure about the best method and even whether our autocalve is working well, pvb quality, the temperature and the heating process of the pvb.

Question by alfredo fasafini 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

I am building a light up skateboard. Will having a deck made of acrylic with plywood affect the strength of the board?

In order to accomodate the lights needed for my light up skateboard project, I wanted to case them in acrylic sheet, and then laminate plywood layers above and below. Would this provide the sufficient strenght needed for the skateboard. Thanks :)

Question by PLdesign 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

building a guitar

I am trying to build a guitar body, and i dont know if laminating the wood for it would work, or just a solid piece. also, what type wood should should i use? and how should i drill the cavities? and how should i mount the pickups?? what type paint should i use? should i use primer? what type of primer? 

Question by ski4jesus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how can i safely remove shellac stain from a laminated wood stock? Answered

I recently bought a Mosin Nagant rifle and the stock is in decent shape but the finish isn't so hot. it has a laminated wood stock and I was wondering how I could remove the old stain without any ill affects to the stock i have heard of people that have ruined the stock using stain removers? so any ideas will help thanks

Question by vince 09 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to remove the copper layer/film from a PCB ???

Hi ... do you know, how to remove the copper layer from a PCB - by not using any ETCHING METHOD. Just to separate the cooper from plastic/ ??? Do you think, that HEAT would do the trick ??? Like when you hold soldering tip to long on a pcb, it can happen that the cooper film become loose from the PCB. Thank you in advance. Zholy P.S. : The reason, why I asked = I was thinking of creating/extending a "ribbon cable" : 1. remove the copper film 2. stick it to the foil, that you can laminate 3. put the "ribbon cable pattern" on the film and ETCH it. 4. laminate it ... and cut the just the top of the laminate foil at the ends, so you have clear cooper for the contacts, but the bottom laminate film as a support.

Question by zholy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Which would be better for a makeshift crossbow, thick rubber or laminated bamboo?

     I was going to make this instructable on another sort of paper crossbow, because I promised that I would make a new version of it. But then I just decided to make a real crossbow. And so it got me thinking; should it be laminated bamboo or just a piece of rubber.      I know it will be very strong if I used laminated bamboo, but then again my hands are weak so I'm gonna' have to improvise a windlass for that. I'll have to do the same if I use really thick rubber. If you have any other suggestions for my ballista looking future crossbow, then bring it. I don't want to lose my hands while making and operating this thing.

Question by nutsandbolts_64 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I separate the laminate layers in an old bullet resistant window? There is no glass layer,

It is all plastics. I want to harvest the two inner 1/2 inch layers of Lexan for projects. The two outer layers appear to be 3/16ths UV resistant plexi. The center membrane is killing me. I have tried mild heat and brute strength.

Question by JimFlo 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Melting Issue in LDPE Extrusion with Black Masterbatch

We're facing this situation with black masterbatch for LDPE in extrusion lamination process where some of the masterbatch granules are not properly melted and mixed with LDPE, which creates a lot of defects in the lamination. I've tried a number of Black masterbatch samples from different companies and in different prices and the problem still exists. Increasing the extruder temperatures doesn't seem to be helping either. This happens only with Black masterbatch and all other masterbatch colors melt and blend in with LDPE to give an uniform color strength. Appreciate your professional advice on preventing this issue..Thank you!

Question by hasitha.saveco 1 year ago  |  last reply 12 days ago

Guitar Finish? Answered

Hello, I am finishing my electric guitar, and i wet sanded and everything, and i heard rumors that you use rubbing compound on the last bit to get it to look good. In the instructable by Gmoon, applying a mirror finish (by hand), it says that he used Rubbing compound, but people keep saying, "I think you mean POLISHING compound....", and i don't know which one to use. I have the guitar all dull looking from wet sanding, and i just need it shiny. What is your outlook on this? Thank you

Question by ski4jesus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Spray Paint

I've taken a small school desk and I'm trying to fix it up a bit. The table top is made of wood, but is overlaid with a thick piece of laminate. I've sanded the surface to take out the texture and markings.  I would like to give the laminate it a new paint job, but don't really know what kind of spray paint I should use. Ideas? Suggestions? I could sit here and look it up on Google, but I thought I'd try making a forum and see how it goes. 

Topic by ArachnisDeathicus 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Source of plastic bags

I'm planning to use laminated plastic bags to skin a boat but I need a few hundred or thousand bags.  Where does one get that many bags?

Topic by AlbinoMoose308 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Ad-Hoc Computer Workstation

I find myself without furniture, so I improvised (see pic). Most of this is obvious, but the main sheet is laminated chipboard L

Topic by lemonie 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Building a simple Dc generator?

Greetings, We have a school project and we must a build a DC generator, and I want it to be D.I.Y., but I have a problem, I don't know if the generator I am planning to build can make enough power to make small loads work. My armature is made of several laminated "I" core with winding of AWG#24and1/2, that's my plan, but how many turns shall I wind? is the laminated Iron core enough or should I use iron core instead?, do I need a strong magnet? Thanks in advance!

Question by Mechron 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Glass Desk

So I'm in the middle of this rebuild of this stand up desk that I am finally getting around to. Now I tore off the old laminate, it was cracked so on, and so on. Now I was going to just put new laminate on it however, I sanded down the wood directly below and while I was rearranging my shop I  placed some glass I had laying around on top of it. Looking at it I realized I wanted to put glass on it instead of laminate.... (Thought process incase anyone is interested.... No one? Okay moving on.) Two questions.  One What type of glass should I use for the desk. I know tempered glass is safer, however I also know it will break much easier. Plus, the glass wont be floating with nothing below it so its not like if it does break glass will go everywhere if I use normal glass. And I don't want to use plexiglass because I don't want to have to deal with scratches.   Two Can I go to Home Depot and get glass cut to my dimensions needed for the desk?

Topic by Korndog 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What things I should consider while doing a risk assessment of a project that involves a solar simulator? Answered

Hello I am involved in a project related to PV panels laminated with structured glass. I have to do a risk assessment i.e the things that can delay my project. The things that are involved in it are 5 Solar panel samples (will be laminated outside the country) Sun Simulator (often busy) Need to measure some I-V curves I have got identified some risks but I need to get in depth. Any help in this regard will be really helpful Thanks

Question by raishikoh 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

steel cable as a transformer core? Answered

Could i use thick steel cable as a transformer core (1 inch stranded cable) if i saturated it in a nonconductive (epoxy? rubber cement? ect..?   material to eliminate eddy currents and molded it into a double C core?

Question by pwnag3 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

can I make an RFID blocking wallet using aluminum foil instead of cans?

If aluminum cans can block RFID signals, how many layers of laminated aluminum foil (or, alternatively aluminum tape) would be needed to effectively shield a wallet?

Question by Mr.Fancypants 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

hi, i would like help on imbedding photos

What process will work best to imbed the artwork onto tiles or laminate on the floor of my boutique? I want to put a photo along with our logo inside the shop. there will be heavy traffic from customers so need something durable.PLEASE HELP!

Question by delicious designs 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Glass alternative

I have a large map (55" x 40") that I am building a frame for, yet there's no way I can afford a piece of glass this large and am looking for cheap alternatives. I am aware of plexiglass, but am wondering if there is anything else out there. My last ditch resort is to laminate it, but do not like that idea to much for aesthetic reasons. Thanks

Topic by MutinyDK 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Why would I need to know the 'extrusion direction' of Lexan?

I bought a small square of Lexan (sheet polycarbonate) to experiment with and noticed on the clear, protective laminate the words: "extrusion direction" and an arrow. I will most likely use this sheet for thermo -forming, but would like to hear any thoughts on how the extrusion direction might affect drilling, cutting, etc. Thanks, Marshall

Question by redplanetcorridor 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

how to make tobacco pouch for rolling cigarettes?

 For any smokers who roll their own ciaretes. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to makes a pouch to hold tobacco, complete with a pocket to hold papers and possibly filters. I've seen these made with laminated magazines and stuff but the logistics are way over my heard...thanks!HOw do I do this??? HI

Question by ctrotman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Need help building a portable outdoor dance floor

Wanted: plans on how to build a portable outdoor dance floor I've been looking online, and I can't find any actual plans for a portable outdoor dance floor. I'd prefer to make it out of plywood with either parquet or laminate flooring on top. Anyone ever built something like this and would like to share plans? Thanks

Topic by ocelot42 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How do I level a concrete floor?

I removed a wall down the middle of my basement.  It had a concrete footing which came out with the curb when it was removed, but the concrete floor on one side of this area is one inch higher than one the other side.  How do I level this so I can install a floating laminate flooring?

Question by Shirley Harrison 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do I install a sound proof floor?

I need to intstall some sort of a sound proof floor brtween and upstairs/downstairs duplex. There is currently a 3/4 plywood subfloor with carpet and padding over it with insulation between the floor joists but it still allows a lot of noise to travel between the 2 units. I am wondering if I can use some sort of sound board with a laminate flooring laid on top of that?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

where can i get software/hardware for my cnc?

Where i can get all the hardware and software required for my first cnc machine?i am a carpenter so the mechanical part of my build is second nature.but clueless when it comes to tech.can anyone help me out in lamins terms?ie.where to get pre-built pcb's and motors strong enough to cut hardwoods?software aswell thanks.

Question by joker23234 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

woven bamboo subsititute for fiberglass cloth

I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and saw that they use woven bamboo mats to make the walls of houses. While at the hardware store I saw fiberglass resin and remembered the article about the guy and the bambo bike. This got me to thinking if there was a way to use woven bamboo mats as a subsitute for fiberglass cloth. Mainly because I am cheap and not for environmental concerns. maybe hand woven bamboo mats laminated together for plywood, or use as a boat hull? maybe housing material?

Topic by KungFuChicken 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Great Stuff surfboard! Has anyone even tried to make a longboard from this foam? Answered

I know, I know, but I'm trying to make a "scratch built longboard from everyday materials and the cloth, poly fiberglass, stringer ,fin(laminated scraps of wood) etc. mostly "that's all there is" for materials( inland or Amageddon}....would like to hear different viewpoints and tips as to how to make the best of it.....if its a sinker or a real dog it'll be an"art project.  lets hear it !!!

Question by fitzkenny 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What sizes of solar cells shell I select?

Hello I have been given a task to suggest solar cell sizes, that are needed to be laminated with a newly invented structured glass, in order to test its useful effects on the solar cells. The questions in my mind are: What type of solar cells shell I select? What sizes shell I suggest? Any other notable things that I might consider while suggesting the cells...

Question by raishikoh 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Anyone knows how (or if it is possible) to apply pop rivets to mdf?

I'm designing a carrying case out of 15mm mdf (actually i already have the mdf assembled from a previous project. It's a heavy box, i know, but meh) and would like to add some drawbolt latches to it. The fact is, the latches do have a loop for a padlock, but the hinges and the latches themselves are fixed to the case with screws! That kind of knocks down the whole purpose of having a lock.  The question is: Is it possible to apply pop rivets - or any other kind of rivets - to MDF/plywood/laminate? Thanks!

Question by vinacarv 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

What is the best way to grind glass, somewhat smooth? Answered

Now before you rush to write down an answer let me tell you the details! The chunk of glass is 28 inches wide by 28 inches long and 2.5 inches tall. Composed of 160 painstakingly cut strips of glass that have been glued together into a jumbo block. Now try as I might, when laminating things together of ever so slightly different size together you are going to get high and low spots - And yes, this would have been soooo much easier a job if I had smoothed out the rough edges before laminating - Pesky hind-sight. Unfortunately my planer doesn't seem to work so well on glass, who knew :) Anyway, I will post some pictures to give you an idea of what it is, that has to be ground down. First off • It does not have to be perfectly smooth • A mottled surface would actually be appreciated • It is not going to be a lens of any kind, all though light will be transmitted through it. I have the following tools, but first - No I am not taking it 1700km to have it kilned. No, the local glass shop seems to have less tools then I do, at least in this scale. • Angle grinders • belt sanders • orbital sanders - but really? On the back side I used the angle grinder, with a metal grinding bit. Not to bad really all though the edges were taking a pounding. This was prior to applying resin and woven cloth, to give the glass a bit of tooth and reduce the high edges. This is for an instructable I am working on.  

Question by iminthebathroom 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago