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  1. If you purchased material already laminated, trim the piece to 23-1/2 by 35-1/2 inches to make the cabinet top (L). Then skip down to step 4.
  2. To do the lamination yourself, cut seven lengths of 1 x 4 pine, each 35-1/2 inches long. Before gluing the wood lengths together, it is a good idea to rip a minuscule amount

from each edge to ensure a solid bond in the lamination process. Then spread glue on the adjoining edges, and place the lengths of wood side by side. Clamp them together securely, using at least two bar clamps, and leave them clamped overnight.

  1. Trim the completed top (L) to 23-1/2 by 35-1/2 inches by ripping 1/2 inch from each 35-1/2-inch-long edge.
  2. Set the top (L) onto the cabinet assembly flush with all four of the cabinet's outer edges. Use glue and finishing nails, placing the nails about every 6 inches, to attach the top (L) to the cabinet.
  3. Rip 11 feet of 1 x 4 pine to a width of 2 inches. The resulting material is used to trim the cabinet top (L).
  4. From the 2-inch material, cut two long top trim pieces (M), each 37 inches long, and two short top trim pieces (N), each 25 inches long.
  1. Setting each piece on its 2-inch face, miter both ends of all four top trim pieces (M and N) at a 45-degree angle. Glue and nail the short trim pieces (N) to the edges of the laminated cabinet top (L) using 3-penny finishing nails spaced about 6 inches apart.
  2. Glue and nail the long trim pieces (M) to the front and back of the laminated cabinet top (L). Use finishing nails placed about every 6 inches, and countersink all of the nails.
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