Friday, January 25, 2013

How to Use Cement Adhesive to glue Melamine Strip to Cabinet Edges

Fig.1 No clean edge
on new shelf
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Acid brush or very small paint brush 
Melamine edging kit 

This post shows the eleven steps to apply cement adhesive that you place on the shelf to apply a melamine edging kit.

Step 1: First, check out the shelf edge to make sure its clean edges. Above fig.1 shows that the shelf does not have clean edges, it can still be used but it will be more difficult to get the glue to adhere. The shelf itself needs to be clean of any sawdust, the edge must be straight for an ideal job. Step 2: Fig.2 shows the shelf with the missing white edge melamine strip.
Fig.2 Missing
melamine strip
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the purchase of the melamine edging kit from The Home Depot®.  Make sure its the type that uses cement glue, there are types of melamine with hot melt adhesive that can be used with a hot iron. Purchase the kit without hot melt adhesive. 
Step 4: Remove from the packaging the roll of melamine edging and unroll it so it has a chance to become straight. Fig.4 shows the roll pulled out of the packaging in preparation to be measured.
Melamine strip roll
Fig.4 Pull roll out
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the melamine strip is being cut to the size of the shelf. Some instructions state that the cut should be larger than the shelf size, it's possible that the strip may shrink but with melamine this does not happen. 
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the melamine strip is placed on top of the wood shelf.
Fig.5 Measure
melamine strip
Fig.6 Place
melamine strip

Step 7: Fig.7 shows an acid brush pasting a thin coat of cement on the wood surface. Another thin coat needs to be applied to the melamine strip. Fig.8 shows the cement container that works better when placed over each other and gets a stronger bond.
Fig.7 Applying the glue
Fig.8 Cement

Step 8: One way to help adhere the melamine strip is to be place the shelf upside down or face down on a counter top with a layer of wax paper beneath the shelf.  
Step 9: Fig.9 shows standard wax paper is larger than the exact size of the shelf. Another way is the clamp the strip with wood and clamps but this can be difficult to do if you are not experience with these type of tools.
Fig.9 Wax paper
Step 10: Fig.10 shows the shelf on the wax paper, to hold the shelf upward place an object like a bowl of fruit so the shelf doesn't fall over. If the melamine strip is not the exact width of the wood shelf then the wood shelf strip will need to be cut to size. A veneer tool may be needed to cut the edges of the shelf to have a clean cut strip. Use a razor knife to remove the excess melamine strip from the shelf. 
Fig.10 Place shelf on paper
Step 11: Fig.11 and fig.12 shows the new strip is glued to the wood surface and the shelf is ready to be installed in its new home. This strip is applied to the new shelf. The new shelf and is placed in its new home, and the job is finished.
Fig.11 Apply strip on glue
Fig.12 Job finished

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