I just want to make sure that we're manufacturing laminate cabinet doors like everyone else. Here's our process: First we use two sided 3/4" ply, laminated both sides. Cut them to size, edgeband all edges on our Brandt bander. Then we belt sand (by hand) the outside of the door to receive laminate. Apply laminate and use a trim router to trim rough edges, then use a trim router to trim even closer. Then we have to spend a lot of time filing the edges down. Finally we hinge the doors. Is this the common method for laminating cabinet doors?
(Laminate and Solid Surface Forum)
From contributor B:
I don't recommend plywood for cabinet doors. AWI doesn't allow it in their quality standards either. We use particleboard, MDF or plywood that is laminated with MDF (Beaverboard) on the faces - depends on the customer or specs. If you are using color match PVC edgebanding, you can laminate your doors first and then use your edgebander to edge the doors. But if you are doing laminate edgeband, in my opinion, you should edge first and laminate after. You really need a wide belt sander to sand doors properly, but if a belt sander is what you've got... that's it. We just make one pass with the laminate trimmer and then file.