Laminate trim router, what to use it on?

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 10-10-2011 05:01 AM 1839 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2011 05:01 AM

I took advantage of Woodcrafts special I bought a second porter cable 690lr router and the special is getting a laminate trimmer free. A great deal. Now I need to put the laminate trimmer to good use. Other than the obvious, using it to trim laminate what do you folks use these on?

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 10-10-2011 05:06 AM

Small routers are easier to control, and use to put simple profiles on edges. Roundovers, chamfers, and things like that.

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#2 posted 10-10-2011 05:09 AM

I use mine with small round over bits, to do table top edges. I also use it with a spiral cut bit, to route out hinge recesses and such. The small size of the router, with small bits is easy to hold and keep control of.

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 05:10 AM

I have the 18v Ryobi Li-Ion trim router and use it for almost all of my light duty routing (small roundovers, chamfers, etc.)

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 05:14 AM

Absolutely nearly everything. Flush trimming, roundovers, inlay routing, dutchman patches, almost any edge treatment. Most routing jobs are small and require only small routers. I love the visibility and ease of use with one hand. The more you use it the more you will want to use it. I say this when I have a Bosch evs 1617 PK, a old Craftsman commercial, and a old American made B&D commercial. The trim router is the tool of the future. No, you can’t use it for panel raising, but for a gazillion tasks that require small cuts and high precision, that’s the tool to use.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 05:21 AM

It’s great for routing out pockets for hinges. I leave a bit in it all the time just for that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 10-12-2011 01:03 AM

Thanks allot folks, I plan on giving it a shot with this item tonight. Gonna take the sharp edge off my home built benches. (they are a 3/4” MDF top that’s doubled up with a piece of finished douglas fur around the edges.)

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#7 posted 10-12-2011 02:08 PM

And lettering…

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 10-12-2011 03:21 PM

I leave a rounding over bit in one of mine all the time. It’s size makes it very easy to control.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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