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#1 posted 08-08-2017 11:00 PM

As above, for scraps your best be is probably a local cabinet shop. If you live in Western Washington I’ll give you enough blue laminate to cover every wall in your house..or darn near. God I want to get rid of this stuff.

If you want some alternatives to the big box store, you can also check out cabinet supply wholesalers or Flooring wholesalers. Most of them will setup a cash account for you so you don’t need to have a commercial business licence for a one time sale.

The down side is that they only sell full sheets, the up side (?) if you can call it that, is that depending on the manufacturer 4×8 is not a full sheet. Depending on mfg and the color it can be anything from 3×8, 3×10, 3×12 to 4’ wide to 5’ wide. I have even bought 24”wide by up to 120” for countertops and that was a standard size, and not a custom cut.

4×8 is just what the big box stores carry (in 4 standard colors). Also don’t get stuck on a generic term of Formica when calling around. that is like saying Kleenex, Drywall, or Corian. There are multiple manufacturers in Plastic Laminate that are just as much a standard as Formica.

Wilsonart, Pionite, Panolam, Nevamar, and some Formica come from the factory precut at 24” 36”, and 48” it all depends on the popularity of the color and pattern. Plain solid colors are your best bet for 24” or 36” wide new product. The newer and trendier the pattern, the larger the sheets and minimum orders typically.

No idea what State you are in, but around me I have a number of commercial wholesalers that will setup a cash account for woodworkers.

In Western Washington I use:
EB Bradley
Wanke Cascade
Sierra Forest Products

You can also Go to the manufacturers websites and each has a distributor network listed by State.

Good Luck!

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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