Layered Edge


Design Watch:

Solid Surface: Most solid surface materials used for deck fabrication are 1/2" thick. As noted to the right, any variance in combinations of this thickness will need to be addressed by either thinning out the material, or by adding similar material in different thicknesses. This edge style does not work well with no-drip edges. This technique uses more material, in general, and often more labor, but the advent of affordable CNC machinery has caused this to be less of a problem that what it was.

Other Terms:

Stacked edge,

Built-up edge

Description: Solid surface material is cut to a certain depth, and added flat under the front top of the deck. The best visual result will be made with material cut from the same sheet, or at least the same color run. In a situation where the top sits on cabinets, the edge can extend all the way over the cabinets for added protection from moisture

Variations: Different thicknesses of front edge are possible by adding a different number of layers. Unless the material is thinned out, combinations of the material thickness is somewhat limiting. This fabrication is very useful as well, if a solid inlay of different colors is desired. A 1/4" inlay in a different color can result in unique pinstripe patterns without much effort. Try to stay within same brands.

Applications: This fabrication style affords the most variety of edge styles and routes available, for a milled edge. If designing a top that is curved, arced, etc., this is by far the best technique.


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