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How to Laminate a Countertop for a Laundry Room

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva builds a plastic laminate counter

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to laminate a countertop.


1. Glue and nail together two layers of ¾-inch-thick particleboard to create a substrate for counter.

2. Rough-cut laminate pieces to size using a trim router fitted with a ½-inch, carbide-tipped straight cutter.

3. Brush contact cement onto front edge of particleboard substrate and to back side of 2-inch-wide laminate strip; allow cement to dry.

4. Stick laminate to front edge of counter, then press it down with a J-roller. (If laminating counter ends, cover them with laminate first, then laminate front edge.)

5. Use trim router to cut away excess laminate.

6. Sand laminate flush with substrate using a belt sander fitted with 100-grit abrasive belt.

7. Spread contact cement onto backside of laminate top and to top of counter using a 3-inch paint roller; wait for cement to dry.

8. Place several wood dowels across cemented substrate, then lay laminate on top.

9. Slide out dowels, starting at center, one at a time while pressing down the laminate.

10. Use J-roller to press laminate into the cement.

11. Trim the overhanging edges of the top laminate using a trim router.

12. File the edges of the top laminate smooth.