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Old 11-18-2008, 07:38 PM   #1
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I want to make a new table for the Boler but I really suck at putting the laminate on the edges (been there, tried that) I am looking for that T moulding seen on most RVs, arcade games etc. I tried searching the net and found some in the USA but no luck in Canada so far, has anybody run across this stuff 5/8" or 1 1\4" would be perfect.

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Old 11-18-2008, 10:01 PM   #2
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what about some cool retro aluminum trim?
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:03 PM   #3
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windsor plywood or just about any RV dealer can supply the rubber trim. it's the routered groove that I would have trouble with.
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:35 PM   #4
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That looks awesome Scott - our indestructible 1950's kitchen table looks just like that.

I have laminated the edge of bathroom counters before. I just made it wider then the edge and then ran a router w/ straight bit and roller bead around it. Mind you, the edge of a counter is much wider then the tables in a trailer.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:28 AM   #5
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That aluminium trim looks great! where can I get some ?

The table edge is only 5/8" and the router is hard to control also any little snag on the laminate and the first person to get up from the table takes a chunk of it with them. I was thinking of putting a second piece of 5/8 around the outside edge increasing the thickness to 1 1/4" and then lowering the ledgers on the sides for the bed.

I am also making the table 6" shorter so us old portly people can get in easier!
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:57 AM   #6
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Another option is to use wood for the table, and router the table edge with a round-off bit. Then you have a nice smooth edge, and don't have to worry about laminates or edging.


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Old 11-19-2008, 11:23 AM   #7
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I got the trim at Home Depot in the same aisle as the wood door molding and baseboard. lots of different widths, colors and styles too. I think this job cost me $8.00
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Another option is to use wood for the table, and router the table edge with a round-off bit. Then you have a nice smooth edge, and don't have to worry about laminates or edging.
When I use a round off bit on plywood I always end up with a few gaps, where the plywood is laminated, did you fill this after? what did you use?
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"When I use a round off bit on plywood I always end up with a few gaps, where the plywood is laminated, did you fill this after? what did you use?"
I used baltic birch which doesn't have voids. You can also use "appleply", which is another high quality birch ply. If you use the cheap stuff from HomeDepot, you can fill the voids with wood putty filler after routing.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:41 PM   #10
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Thanks for the ideas !

I'll go in search of some materials and work out something, The T moulding router bit would cost as much as a whole sheet of plywood and that aluminum edge looks like a good alternative as well.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:07 PM   #11
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I just used oak plywood and ironed on the heat glue wood trim that comes by the roll (al little wider than the plywood). The extra width easily trims off with a razor knife like I use to open boxes after you iron it on. Then just stained and varnished it all at the same time.
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I just used oak plywood and ironed on the heat glue wood trim that comes by the roll (al little wider than the plywood). The extra width easily trims off with a razor knife like I use to open boxes after you iron it on. Then just stained and varnished it all at the same time.
Yet another nice way to do it - nice job Roy.
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I like the look of that too.
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[quote]Another option is to use wood for the table, and router the table edge with a round-off bit. Then you have a nice smooth edge, and don't have to worry about laminates or edging.


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That was our solution, we just sanded the edges till they were "rounded" enough to make them smooth, and I put a nice mohogany finish on the table, and a clear coat to seal it. I won't know how well this holds up until we have had time to use it, but it seems to be a good solution to us. Good luck with your table!



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