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I read about "old fashioned" and I wonder whether there has been any research done. There are Formica patterns that are hard to discern form real granite and people are paying a lot of money on new boats for real granite.
Making complex formers for Formica is relatively easy if you only concern yourself with the outside edges of the former. What I have done before and am about to do again is use strips of compressed board about 25mm wide, a sharp knife (box cutter) and a staple gun.
First start with the curves and corners and fit pieces of board as closely as you can. Don't try and fit one piece into two corners - do each corner seperately. Then cut the straight pieces to a suitable length. This will result in a puzzle of pieces lying flat on the surface and touching the pieces on either side.
Then, while ensuring that each part of the puzzle is in it's spot, lay another piece of compressed board on top straddling two pieces of the puzzle and staple it to the puzzle. You should end up with a former that matches the shape of the top exactly.
Place that onto the Formica sheet, mark around the outside with a sharp pencil and cut along the dotted line (so to speak). Don't use a saw, use a tile cutter with a wedge shaped carbide tip.
If you want, practise using the former on a piece of cardboard before taking a chance on spoiling the Formica. This process is easy, try it.
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