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Final update on the counter top. In spite of my trepedation, I redid the counter top and it came out great.
I removed the trim first. Put a #8 screw into the teak plugs and screwed them out with an electric screwdriver. Then removed the screws themselves, and a putty knife did the rest. Cleaned the old top with acetone and sanded it. Rough cut the counter top. Then applied contact cement, used 1/4" dowels to hold the new top off, then removed the dowels one at a time. Rolled the lam with a special roller.
Trimmed the formica with a small lam router and roller lam trimmer blade. Cleaned it up with a special file for that purpose. Put the trim back.
It is awesome!!! Funny thing is, it is almost harder to describe than to do it. No more than a few hours all total, from a standing start to completion. Biggest time is waiting for the cement to dry to the right point. It was also all in the tools--the small router, file, special scissors to rough trim it, and roller.
Peace, and thanks a lot for the advice Ken.