But in the past couple weeks we've started making more major progress again. We cut material for the countertops. The bar actually has two levels of counters, the lower counter on the inside of the bar and the upper counter that goes around the outside of the bar. We're using a special particle board specifically for counters. It's denser and stronger than normal particle board. On the upper counter, we're either double layering it or otherwise reinforcing it since it will be sticking over the edge of the frame several inches and people will likely be leaning on it. The lower counter is almost completely supported by the cabinets, so it doesn't require reinforcement.
In the past couple nights we've moved on to applying laminate to the cabinets. We have big sheets of Formica that we're cutting to size and then attaching to the particle board with contact cement. This content cement is interesting stuff. It looks like snot, spreads like paint, and smells like rubber cement...x50! You apply it to both surfaces that you want to stick together and then let them dry for 15-20 minutes. At that point, it looks dry and feels about like dry rubber cement. It doesn't look like it would stick much of anything. But when you put the two surfaces together...well, they're pretty darn stuck!
And on to the picutres...
Widget filled his usual role of "stooper-visor" from a perch in the window well window.
After measuring the laminate, Heath cut it using a router.
Like I said, the contact cement looks like a big bucket of snot.
We were basically just gooping the cement on with a scrap of wood...it was handy.
And then we spread it around and made it even with a paint roller.
We put some dowels down to keep the cement from making contact right away so we could get everything lined up well.
Then the dowels were removed one at a time and a rolling pin was used to press the two layers together.
After the layers were brought together the bond was very strong, very fast! This is some impressive stuff. But whew...is it stinky! The basement space is pretty large and we opened up the patio door to ventilate, but I still ended up with a nice headache last night.
Tonight, was pretty much more of the same only we did six pieces rather than just two. So I actually got an even bigger dose of fumes than before. It wasn't really bothering me as much, and after we got done I got a hankering for some IIDX. I was down there playing and just started feeling really loopy. I was kinda light headed and the combination of hand-eye coordination, falling note bars, and goofy song movies seemed to only be making it more intense. After three or four songs I couldn't hold it together anymore and decided to go on upstairs. I'm still feeling a little funny now--a good hour later!