Laminate Tabletop Construction

There is a countertop style that's easily made and well within any woodworker's capabilities. The process involves attaching a wood edge trim to a panel, called the substrate, and covering the top with a high-pressure laminate. These laminates are made with decorative surface papers impregnated with melamine resins that are pressed over kraft paper core sheets. These sheets are then bonded at pressures of 1,000 pounds or more per square inch with temperatures approaching 300°F (149°C). The finished sheets are trimmed and the backs sanded to facilitate bonding. Most manufacturers have over 100 different patterns available.

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