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Laminate Seams on Tube/Column11/2
I am laminating a 24" diameter column, and am worried about measuring for and getting a nice tight seam. I would appreciate any guidance.
You really haven't given a lot of information. Is this a tube in your shop? How tall is it?
Unless you order a special laminate, you will need two seams which is better anyway. I would use a drywall square to put a straight vertical line down the tube. I would use spray contact adhesive and I would spray only the area for my first piece to be put down, masking off the area for my second piece. I would use vertical grade laminate and bending the laminate with the striations running vertical.
I am assuming that this tube is 4' or less and this is something you are doing in your shop. Your first cut should be pretty easy. Be sure that your cuts are square. Your circumference is going to be 75" plus. With your straight line, align your laminate and lay down the first piece. With the first piece in place, you can cut your second piece. I would make the second piece a little long, maybe a 16th long. You will need help laying these down. I would not try to make the length of your cut exactly the measurement you come up with. The glue will hold it out a little. You can tape one edge to the glued section and do a dry run before you glue and stick the second piece. I put a pencil marks across the two pieces of laminate so that when I lay the second piece down, it lines up the same as my dry run.
After I have glued up my column and the laminate and they are ready to be placed, I will take a thin rod, maybe something like 3/16th of an inch and put it on the column, back about three inches from the ending seam. I will place the laminate down, and over the rod and line it up as tight as I can.
Then, I will pull the thin rod out and work the bubble left by removing the rod toward my seam. I use this rod trick which was shown to me many years ago on all of my laminate seams and they always look great.
not sure if this is what you mean but the Betterly Seaming Router allows you to glue up the column with rough width lam. and then route the seam for a perfect fit. Only issue I experienced was laminate trimmings getting under the seam a little. See Betterly's web site
yep the bettery is the only way to go. I usually do not spray the last 6" on each side of the seam, cut it with the bettery and then clean out the trash and spray both plam and column let dry and then put them down. It keeps the trash from sticking in the contact cement. Of course I would practice with the bettery bit a few times you have to keep that flat edge perfectly on the edge of the laminate or it will show a gap. Also run the plam at least 4-6 long on top and bottom so you can get it started good before and after hitting the actual seam
Make sure you back off your edges or they'll look open.