Laminate Countertop

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Introduction

This lesson will provide students the opportunity to create their own laminate countertop for a dresser, night stand, or desktop, whatever their choice may be. I will show you two different edges that can be done using laminate as the primary coverage for the top. This lesson is designed for all students to make the same size top, thus providing a section needed for covering the curriculum under cabinetmaking.

I have found that many local cabinet shops are more than happy to donate their waste or cut-off laminate to whomever will take it off their hands. That means the expensive part of the project is already taken care of. Other materials are easy to come by, and the technique is fairly quick and simple depending on the size of the top. One sheet of particle board is enough to give instruction for 32 students.

Lesson Time

Class time
25 Minutes
Shop time
140 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Building and Construction Trades Building and Construction Trades
Grade Levels
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives

Standards

California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (4)

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