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7 Trim Router Tips - Techniques - American Woodworker
7 Trim Router Tips
1. Protect the Plastic Laminate Apply a lubricant, such as wax, soap or Trim Ease (a commercial productavailable from p-lam and trim bit distributors), to the plasticlaminate's face when you use self-piloting bits. The lubricant protectsthe p-lam from burning or marring. Self-piloting bits are available inflush-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 $8to $10, which is about half of what a ball-bearing-guided trimming bitcosts. 2. Ball Bearings Reduce Marring 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 $12to $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 Use the tilt base when you rout inside corners o...