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7 Trim Router Tips Iowa City IA

Trim router motors range from 3.8 to 7.5 amps and run at speeds as high as 30,000 rpm. Add a base and the trim router weighs between 3 and 4-1/2 lbs. All models use only a 1/4-in. collet. You can buy a variety of bases and accessories (see Sources, page 4). Prices range from $80 for just the router with a standard base to $250 for a kit with several accessories.

Hill Hardwood Supply, Inc.
(319) 351-6640
3564 Dolphin Drive SE
Iowa City, IA

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Nagle Lumber
(319) 338-1113
1201 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA
 
White Cap- Iowa City
(319) 337-4681
2003 S. Gilbert Street Iowa City, IA, 52240
Iowa City, IA
 
Fastenal- Iowa City
319-338-7299
2228 Heinz Road Unit A Iowa City, IA, 52240
Iowa City, IA
 
North Iowa City Ace Hardware
(319) 354-4112
600 N Dodge St
Iowa City, IA
 
Amana Society Forestry
(319) 622-7554
1300 220th Trail PO Box 189
Amana, IA

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Iowa City - D
(319) 351-8170
851 Hwy 6 East
Iowa City, IA
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Iowa City Ace Hardware
(319) 354-4143
1558 Mall Dr
Iowa City, IA
 
Iowa City - Auth Hometown
(319) 337-8646
1676 Sycamore Street
Iowa City, IA
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Paul's of Iowa City
(319) 338-7217
424 Highway 1 W
Iowa City, IA
 
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7 Trim Router Tips

7 Trim Router Tips



Laminate trim routers are amazing little machines. Their light weight and compact size make them exceptionally easy to use. Although they are designed primarily for trimming plastic laminate (p-lam), they also work great for light-duty wood routing.

Trim router motors range from 3.8 to 7.5 amps and run at speeds as high as 30,000 rpm. Add a base and the trim router weighs between 3 and 4-1/2 lbs. All models use only a 1/4-in. collet. You can buy a variety of bases and accessories (see Sources, page 4). Prices range from $80 for just the router with a standard base to $250 for a kit with several accessories.

Understanding what each of these accessories is capable of doing is the secret behind getting the most from your trim router. These accessories make the trim router very precise.

1. Protect the Plastic Laminate
Apply a lubricant, such as wax, soap or Trim Ease (a commercial product available from p-lam and trim bit distributors), to the plastic laminate's face when you use self-piloting bits. The lubricant protects the p-lam from burning or marring. Self-piloting bits are available in flush-trim or bevel-trim profiles. The flush trim (shown here) is used when you want to leave a flat, square corner. Its single cutting flute makes it fast-cutting. A solid carbide self-piloting trim bit costs $8 to $10, which is about half of what a ball-bearing-guided trimming bit costs. Ball-bearing-guided bits greatly reduce the risk of marring and can be used without a lubricant. The bearings do wear out, so you should replace them as soon as they show signs that they're not spinning freely. It's also important to keep them clean of built-up glue. Ball-bearing-guided trim bits are available in either a flush-trim or bevel-trim profile. The bevel profile (shown here) is used when you want to ease the edge to make it friendlier to the touch and reduce its chance of chipping when bumped. Ball-bearing-guided trim bits cost $12 to $24 each.# 3. Mar-Proof Routing
Use a ball-bearing guide attachment when you want to totally eliminate the chance of marring the finished surface or when you want to leave an overhang on the part that you are trimming. A nonpiloted trim bit is used with this guide. The bit is a combination flush and bevel cut. You can trim straight or curved surfaces with this setup.


4. Get a Super-Straight Cut
Use a straight guide when trimming against the substrate material. The straight guide bridges the small voids or gaps common in particleboard and plywood. The result is a straighter edge on the p-lam. This is important when another p-lam piece will be laminated to this edge. Straight edge guides do not work on curves or close in inside corners. A regular straight bit works fine with the straight guide.
5. Move Close into Corners

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