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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!


The make excellent shims when installing cabinets, and for general shimming of things around the workshop and when making stuff.

I know the question was asked many years ago, but those who will answer this question will find it here. The site of Formica, a retailer who gives this kind of sample, contains a page that explains what to do with them. The company offers to recycle them in a brilliant way:http://www.formica.com/en/ca/sustainability/sample-recycling

the stuff seems to have not bad thermal capacity. maybe can be used as mini 'thermal battery'

If you are artsy, you can use the "chips" to do some kind of mosaic. Convert a picture or painting into a giant pixelated picture. Redo your countertop, table or coffee table in a mosaic. Dress up a cabinet, dresser jewelry box or mirror. Make door bumper guards or apply where things are scuffed up easily. Anywhere you can paint, you can use it to cover the surface. Good luck.

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