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Need Advice On Trimming Laminate End Caps Without Cutting Into The Top Surface

Need Advice On Trimming Laminate End Caps Without Cutting Into The Top Surface

Old 03-30-15, 07:55 AM
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Need Advice On Trimming Laminate End Caps Without Cutting Into The Top Surface

Assuming this is the right forum, I need advice on trimming the overhang on laminate countertop end caps.

I bought preformed laminate countertops without finished ends because I need to cut them to the proper length first. Once cut to proper length, I need to put laminate end cap pieces on and trim them flush with the top laminate and the bottom edge of the build up strip.

I don't have a problem put the end caps on with contact cement, but am having trouble trimming the end caps flush especially on the curved portions of the leading edge and the backsplash. The problem is that I'm cutting into the top laminate surface in a few spots and its removing part of the thin laminate surface.

I'm using dewalt 611 router with a standard base with a 2 edge 1/4" carbide trimming bit with a bottom bearing. I don't trim much laminate so I suspect the problem is both my technique as well as the size of the router. Although the router is fairly small in size its much larger than a true trimming router like a Bosch Colt and is a little hard when trying to keep it perfectly vertical when riding on the small end cap surface.

I am looking for suggestions on whether I should consider purchasing a true laminate trimmer like a Bosch Colt or try using a different type of trimming bit, such as a solid ones without a bottom bearing, or any other recommendations folks with a lot more experience than I have.

I would appreciate your input since the countertops I'm doing are for my daughter and I want them to be right.

Thank you
Old 03-30-15, 02:44 PM
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Using a full size router can be unwieldy. I use a Ridgid trim router for most smaller work like laminate. I also use it for normal routing jobs where the big one will prove to be too heavy or cumbersome. It is not a one time tool, believe me. You will use it, and it will be a good investment.

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