Finger Pull Detail for Laminate Doors

Painting the cove detail to match the laminate is more reliable than fitting laminate to the profile. July 12, 2012

We are looking at a quantity of standard plastic laminate doors, except with a coved finger pull on the bottom edge of the upper doors and the top edge of the lower doors and drawer fronts. And the surface of the cove they want laminate or melamine. If it is a flat beveled edge we can do it in laminate, but a cove… I don't see that as anything but callbacks waiting to happen.

We are looking at doing the cove in an inset piece of wood and painting it to match the laminate, or insetting a solid piece of white plastic and coving that out.

But apart from that I don't see a way to do it. Is there a purchased coved laminate or melamine finger pull available?

Forum Responses
(Architectural Woodworking Forum)
From contributor J:
Over the last 30 + years we have had this detail come up on numerous jobs and on every last one of them we explained the problem to the client and suggested making the doors as we usually do and then painting the cove to match. Use a good oil base primer, sand and apply a good coat of oil base enamel that has been tinted to match the door finish. Perhaps a sample for the client to see would seal the deal.

From contributor T:
I like the cove idea, but how do you flush trim the laminate? Or do you route the cove after the laminate is applied? We have beveled doors with a 30 degree bevel, and then set up a jig to flush trim (and add lots of filing). With either method, you see the front case edges more, so you may want to make the client aware of this.