How to get Laminate home...

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  1. Clay Autery

    Clay Autery Stunt Coordinator

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    Here I sit with my Flexi ready to laminate.... and no laminate to use.
    Went to Home Depot and found the basic satin black Wilsonart laminate that I would like to use but...
    1) I drive a Mustang (limited to max 2' x 4' sheet pieces)
    2) Home Depot says they can't/won't cut the laminate for me.
    Any ideas?
    I was even thinking of taking my circular saw with a fine tooth blade on it to HD, but MAN, what a hassle that would be...
    My shelves are 23.5 x 23.5, so cutting the 4' x 8' sheets into 4 each 2' x 4' pieces would be great. it would leave me with a minimum of 23.875" on the two inner pieces assuming a 1/8" saw blade kerf... That would leave me with 3/8" to "play" with for overhang and trimming.
    Anyone have any ideas about the best way to get this stuff home? I can't move on to the next project til I finish this one... [​IMG]
    Thanks,
     
  2. James Mudler

    James Mudler Stunt Coordinator

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    Roll it up, and it should fit in the car
     
  3. Clay Autery

    Clay Autery Stunt Coordinator

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    Roll it... good idea, never occurred to me.

    Do you roll it with the good surface in or out? What's the minimum diameter you can safely roll it to?

    Thanks,
     
  4. Darren_T

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    I roll it good side in...that way it's protected and the bend is such that when you lay it the middle will sit nice and the ends will be rolled out easily. Did that make sense?

    Also, I have rolled a 5' X 10' sheet to about a 2' diameter without problems. Probably could have rolled it a little bit tighter but didn't need to. It would be quite hard to snap it so go ahead and see how tight you can roll it. You probably won't be able to roll it too tight or snap it because that would take quite a bit of work to roll it that tight. On the other hand it would be really easy to roll a 6 inch by 3' piece too tight, easy to snap it when it's that small.

    Darren
     
  5. Pete Mazz

    Pete Mazz Supporting Actor

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    Make sure you tape it up good, as the corners and edges will make quick work of car interior finishes. Duct tape or fiber reinforced work well, with some rope to handle most of the tension. If you wrap it all up in an old blanket or dropcloth, all the better.

    Pete
     
  6. Jack Gilvey

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    In my experience, the bell rings and you go out and get it off the porch (thanks again Pete [​IMG] )
     
  7. Pete Mazz

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    Jack, have you played around with any of that veneer yet? If you thought contact cement fumes were fun, wait till you try some lacquer. [​IMG]
    Pete
     
  8. Clay Autery

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    Thanks y'all!!! [​IMG]
     
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    i think you score it with a exacto and snap it like plext
     
  10. Brett_A

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    When I ordered mine it came rolled up from HD in a box, good side out though(seemed the nature curve of the material). If you had to cut it you can use a pair of tin snips and they are easy to carry.
     
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    How do you get laminate to go home with you?
    Buy it a couple of margaritas.

    Knowledgable HD employees will roll it up (usually good side out - matters not) and wrap with AT LEAST 3 wraps of packaging tape. No problem.
     
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