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Forum topic by meikou posted 696 days ago 1818 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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meikou

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696 days ago

I’m trying to do a quick job for the MIL and replacing her bathroom countertop and sink.

Everything is done but the laminate banding on the edges. The stuff they supply is much thicker than the usual iron on edge tape and I’m having real issues trying to cut it flush with the top.

I tried a router on a test piece but it was hard to keep it level and I managed to nick it a couple of times.

Any suggestions for this would be most appreciated.


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Earlextech

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#1 posted 696 days ago

You should be using a laminate trimmer with a trim bit in it. Keep the base pressed firmly against the edge and it shouldn’t be a problem. You will then need a file to clean up the edges and smooth them out.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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meikou

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#2 posted 696 days ago

Thanks mate, I’ll have to go out and get one. I have a trend t4 but it’s too heavy to one hand.

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devann

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#3 posted 695 days ago

If the counter top isn’t huge I’d just use a good file and be done.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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meikou

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#4 posted 695 days ago

I tried using a file be it seemed to take ages to get anywhere with it and I was worried about once I got close to the top I’d gouge it.

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cabmaker

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#5 posted 695 days ago

Any particular reason you did the edgeband last ?

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meikou

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#6 posted 695 days ago

It’s a post formed counter top so I cut it to size and then applied the ends, am I missing something?

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cabmaker

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#7 posted 694 days ago

Sorry, you did not specify that you were using a postformed top. Glue the end caps, rout and file. (mica knife makes short work of it along with a file.) File judisiously, that postform is .035, not very forgiving. I recomend a bullet bit running on an oiled edge and if your top is already installled you can clip the laminate wth end cutters where the router base does not allow you to get all the way to the wall, then file. JB

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meikou

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#8 posted 694 days ago

Where would I find a mica knife and what’s the best type of file to use?

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bullhead1

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#9 posted 694 days ago

I built counter tops for several years in a small cabinet shop. I agree that using a trim router and keeping it flat is important. I also would suggest for those that don’t do it often is to tilt the router a little so the bit can’t touch the other surface. Finish the edge with a file or a sanding block and away you go to MIL happly!

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cabmaker

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#10 posted 694 days ago

meikou, I found one in the grizz. catalog item #H4205. 15 bucks. I was using these years ago before I had heard of grizzly and bought a large case of them. Im pretty sure I ll never need to buy another. I wouldnt buy it for one small top but they are indespensible if you do lots of laminate. I used to have one in my pocket every day. The only pros Ive ever known that did not have one were those that did not know about them. Enjoy the journey ! JB

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#11 posted 694 days ago

tragically at sea most lessons are learned

sadly most are often learned in “do” or “die” situations

seems you might have survived this one ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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