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11-24-2019 05:20 AM

Hi guys

I am just curious, is furniture like in these pictures
https://www.pinterest.ca/rehaufurniture/high-gloss-kitchen/
something that the regular woodworker can work with and achieve similar quality ?

I am not sure if I should ask about melamine, veneer or what other materials are used for these kitches
I googled a little bit but not much luck

thanks
MM


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#1 posted 11-24-2019 01:15 PM

MM – what part of the world do you live in ?
do you have any experience with applying laminates and edge banding ?
have you looked at what is available in your area Box Stores ?
here in Central Florida, Wilsonart and Formica is the “go to” laminate for cabinets.
you would need a few speciality tools & router bits.
a good size flat work surface, 3’x6’ minimum.
and lots of patience. (and willingness to accept failure as the price of learning).

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#2 posted 11-24-2019 01:20 PM

Your probably going to have to buy laminate and apply it will come with a clear wrap for protection..

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#3 posted 11-24-2019 01:24 PM

I am in Toronto Canada.
So the thing I should google for is “laminate”.
I thought that was for the kitchen counter tops only
Doing this for fun, failing is ok, the secret is to learn from small mistakes so ..start small

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#4 posted 11-24-2019 02:07 PM

very good, MM.
yes, search and look for “Plastic Laminate” in your area.
the name brand “Wilsonart” has a rough, matt, satin finish texture.
the name brand “Formica” has a high gloss finish. (like the photos you referenced).
laminates can be applied to any flat substrate, limited only to your imagination.
check with your local cabinet shops for scraps and cut-off pieces. (for cheap or free).
you can cut some plywood to foot square pieces to practice with.
Weldwood Contact Cement is the preferred adhesive for plastic laminates.
it is very UNforgiving and takes a lot of practice to become comfortable with it.
you need Laminate Trim Bits for your router.
spend some time on YouTube looking at “How to apply Plastic Laminate”.
see what tools are required for the cutting and application procedures.
the process is the same, whether it be for a counter top or cabinet faces and doors.

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#5 posted 11-24-2019 02:19 PM

Most likely he will have to go through a cabinet shop to get specific colors like high gloss unless he’s lucky.. our suppliers here in kansascity aren’t open to the public…

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#6 posted 11-24-2019 02:33 PM

I think you’re looking at Cabinetry painted with UV paint.
You’re not going to get that look with laminate.
Yes, you can buy gloss laminate, but you will have the black backing line on all the edges.
I have used gloss color core laminate that eliminates the black line but it’s still not as pristine as UV paint and it cost 3-4 times the money.
All brands of plastic laminate sell gloss laminate, there are many.
They also have foil wrapped doors (high gloss) that are vacuumed formed over the door for seamless edges.

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#7 posted 11-24-2019 02:42 PM

He might be able to purchase Solicore….

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#8 posted 11-24-2019 02:49 PM

I don’t need those extreme looks but I like to have options, other than the wood veneer paterns
I like the contemporary designs

I watched some videos, applying laminate in your small workshop is doable but I don’t get it, how I can finish the edges to look spotless like in those pictures

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#9 posted 11-24-2019 02:54 PM

Your pictures look like paint. Laminate os one thing and high gloss painting is another…..you need to talk to painters that do high end work…

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#10 posted 11-24-2019 02:55 PM

I did this desk and credenza. On the credenza I used color core gloss laminate. It’s hard to see but using
(what I call) color core laminate, it eliminates the black line for a cleaner look.

The center wall is painted with a gloss metallic paint, but the pic doesn’t show the detail

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#11 posted 11-24-2019 06:10 PM

not the best angle for that picture but looks COOL.
Any other pictures to show the surface? I can’t really see it in the second picture
I prefer lighter tones for the colors but that is what I would like to achieve
I am inclined more toward using colors like the baltic birch playwood with some transparent finish

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#12 posted 11-24-2019 06:28 PM

There’s probably a mix if finish materials on those cabinets in the OP link. Many high end kitchen cabinets with a glossy finish is a heat set polyester that’s sprayed on. Tough as nails under most normal circumstances. Some of the others are obviously laminate.

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#13 posted 11-25-2019 01:26 AM

Watched a vid several years back where a guy built a subwoofer enclosure out of MDF, then built the surface up with Bondo and finally sprayed it with automotive paint and clear. His finished product looked like the finish on a grand piano for shine and smoothness.

That may be much more than you want to get into, but it is one way to skin the cat.

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#14 posted 11-25-2019 01:32 PM



Watched a vid several years back where a guy built a subwoofer enclosure out of MDF, then built the surface up with Bondo and finally sprayed it with automotive paint and clear. His finished product looked like the finish on a grand piano for shine and smoothness.

That may be much more than you want to get into, but it is one way to skin the cat.

- Scap

Can’t find much about it on youtube or elsewhere (autopaint on wood) but that could be a solution.
Honestly if I can buy off the shelf something that applies like the veneer but has more diversity in colors and patterns and it is more modern I would be happy

I intend to work in plywood, MDF, melamine etc which I would like to cover with the above

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#15 posted 11-25-2019 01:34 PM



There s probably a mix if finish materials on those cabinets in the OP link. Many high end kitchen cabinets with a glossy finish is a heat set polyester that s sprayed on. Tough as nails under most normal circumstances. Some of the others are obviously laminate.

- builtinbkyn


Do you think that what is in the last picture I posted is veneer or it is some artificial coating with a wood like pattern computer generated? I am OK if I can get that look

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