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Forum topic by SgtSnafu posted 09-18-2009 04:18 PM 970 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2009 04:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plastic laminate question jig tip

Hey there fellow LumberJockers,

I was unsure which forum to post this – so here I am in the Coffee Lounge…

I have ran across a deal for a bundle of plastic laminate (about 100ish sheets of roughly 18×40). Other than using to make smooth jigs and shop work surfaces, anyone have any interesting ideas for the use of plastic laminates?

I believe first off I will be plying up several sheets (to be 5/16 to 3/8” thick) and cutting a range of different sizes holes (small to large) to have a circle, or hole template to be used with my router. I imagine I should scuff or sand the top surfaces to be adhered, but any suggestions on the best glue to make my laminate ply? Should I alternate the ply directions (like plywood)? Once I make mine, I can sell or trade the unopened commercial made one I have… ;-)

Thank you in advance for your time, and your ideas/opinions/suggestions…

~ Scotty AKA SgtSnafu

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 04:38 PM

as far as I know laminates/plastics dont have grains…so no grain direction – so no need to alternate them when laminating them together. on the same note- why laminate them to one another? you could just laminate 1 to each side of a plywood, which would give you a rigid panel with a smooth surface for jigs/tables/etc. without the hassle of laminating so many to get to a needed thickness.

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 04:38 PM


I use my PLAM a lot for shop situations, but not in rpojects that I plan to give to people. Mine is found mostly on jigs, as drawer liners, as an erasable story stick, as a “glue drip catcher”, things like that.

-- Derrek L.

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 05:18 PM

My main reason for wanting to laminate them for the circle template to emulate the commercially made phenolic one I have, and so it would last a lifetime and more… You have a good point – I believe for jigs and such I will use Baltic Birch or MDF as a base material.

A glue drip catcher – now that is a good idea, I like it.

Thank you both for your input..

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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