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Forum topic by edjellisjr posted 08-21-2011 04:22 AM 1210 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2011 04:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sanding laminate router table

I am currently making (Attempting) my first Full Size Router Table w/ Cabinet. I have chosen to build the top in the same fashion as a counter top. Particle board doubled up to get the 1 1/2” thickness. And white laminate for the top. I want to trim out the edges with real wood trim. Now for the QUESTION . . . .

After using biscuits and glue to attach the trim HOW DO I sand the trim without damaging the laminate? I’ve read about using tape to protect the laminate, but that still leaves about a 1/16”.

ANY IDEAS? ? ? ?

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 04:27 AM

sand the wood before you apply or you can use a shoulder plane to smooth it then add the fin.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 08:37 AM

I built my top very similar to yours – I used a trim router with a flush trim bit to level the trim down to the laminate. After that, I treated the edge with a small chamfer. Then, put some making tape down and lightly hand-sanded in prep for finishing. Just touching it, really, just enough to remove the router glaze.

Left the tape on while finishing, so as to keep the finish (WB stain and WB poly) off the laminate.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 03:04 PM

You could always apply the trim prior to the laminate, then flush trim it up and run the laminate to the edge of the hardwood trim. Not a preferred approach, but an option.

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 02:06 AM

Thank You ALL. I like the trim router with the flush cut bit. I think that’s the way I’m gonna go! Worst case scenario I build another top. Oh No, more time working in the shop. Life could be worse :)

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 09:20 AM

I had to keep reminding myself that it was just a router table. A shop fixture that was going to take a beating or two, particularly considering that it was going to double as my tablesaw outfeed.

That was 3 months ago. Sure enough, it now has a few dings, dents and scratches – it gets used. A lot. In addition to the planned uses, I’ve found it works quite nicely as an assembly table. And finishing table (when covered with newspaper, of course). And as a landing spot before anything gets put away. Even a tool-and-parts table when working on my motorcycle. I’ve never gotten around to finishing anything below the top, except for the frame-and-panel door that I eventually built to cover the main router compartment.

That being said, it is perfect just as it is. Mostly raw MDF and drywall screws, one finished and perfectly-fitting alder veneer frame and panel door amid 5 other raw MDF door and/or drawers, a grab-bag of pulls, and a flat and functional top of blue laminate and grey-stained trim that matches my blue shop cupboards.

Point being, you’re not going to wreck it if the trim router slips once or twice, so don’t sweat it. It is a tool that you are going to use to do many tasks in the process of creating many things. Build it flat and build it solid. And if, in the process, you accidentally add a bit of character, so be it. Let the table display its character proudly, telling the world that it is meant to be used, even abused, and will keep on doing everything it was made to do. Router bits will dull, circuits will blow and routers will burn out long before the versatile yet humble router table ceases to fulfill its purpose.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#6 posted 08-27-2011 04:17 PM

Amen Iguana! I like your way of thinking! :)

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#7 posted 08-27-2011 05:10 PM

Appreciate the insight. I was definitely worried about the scraping the laminate with the router. We’ll just consider any imperfections ‘CHARACTER’. It’s more of a pride thing. The Router is hands down my favorite tool. Therefore the table is important to me. I’m sure after running around the shop it’s gonna get some ‘CHARACTER’

Thanks again guys. . . . . This was my first real interaction with LJ . . . It’s nice to see that there are people just willing to help out others with there time, knowledge and experience. THANKS AGAIN

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