Whether to Locate a Laminate Seam at the Kitchen Sink
Question (WOODWEB Member) :
From contributor Z:
Formica comes in lengths just over 12 feet so whatís the problem? Why any seam at all? I agree with Contributor W. I too have put many a seam in the sink with no problem. A good glue job and a good seam means no problems.
From Contributor T:
I always place the seam in the sink area too, with no problems. This way, the seam is mostly cut out for the sink, leaving only the parts in front and back to show the line. I prefer leaving only a couple inches of seam exposed, as opposed to a 25" line in the middle of a work area.
From contributor J:
If the top is just over 12' we would seam a small piece in with the 45 degree miter. That way it is farther away from the sink and it is a small seam.
From contributor M:
You are correct to be a little concerned about seams at a sink. I have used five minute epoxy at sink seams for many years. It sets quickly (clamped to get a perfect flat seam) and holds the joint from opening up from long term expansion/contraction. I also will use epoxy on rounded corners to keep lam from pulling away. Itís a bit more time consuming but provides long term durability. Note: Pull clamps and clean glue squeeze-out with lacquer thinner after one-two minutes then re-clamp for another few minutes.
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