Teeny Tiny Block Plane To Trim Melamine Tape


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Old 08-22-11, 05:22 PM
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Teeny Tiny Block Plane To Trim Melamine Tape

I saw some Stanley block planes that were about an inch wide and maybe 3 inches long. I'm thinking about putting melamine tape on the edges of some shelf boards. Would that little block plane make a good tool to trim the edges of the tape?
 
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Old 08-22-11, 05:41 PM
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When I did this, I did a perfectly fine job (if I say so myself) using just a razor blade from a box cutter or razor knife boxcutter and being careful. You want to cut towards the joint...not away.

I can't imagine the cabinet plane (I have one) allowing you a good view. Before I bought that I'd get a plane esp for trimming laminate like that. They make 'em...just not sure what they are called. Might need to order online.
 
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There's a specific trimmer for this job, just can't remember what it's called.... It runs along the face and trims the edge flush, kind of like a hand powered router (with a fixed blade instead of a rotating bit doing the cutting).
 
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Old 08-23-11, 05:37 AM
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Trimmer

One of these should work for you:

Veneering Tools - Rockler - Presses, Rollers, Trimmers & More

Good luck with your project.
 
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Old 08-23-11, 06:44 AM
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The double edge trimmer on the page wirepuller linked was what I was talking about
 
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Old 08-23-11, 06:16 PM
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The double edge trimmers are just okay. They dull fairly quickly, IMO. Actually many professionals use planer blades. As in, they get replacement blades for a plane, like a Stanley #4, and keep them scary sharp. Then you just zip along holding the planer blade in your hand and clean off the overlapping edge banding. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but it works pretty slick. Easier to hold than a razor blade.

A cabinet guy that I work with occasionally is super fast with one. He makes it look easy.
 
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Old 08-24-11, 06:43 AM
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I use a small Stanley trim plane for trimming glue-on wood edging. I've used it a couple of times on laminate and it works fine. The key is that it must be kept sharp.
 
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A cabinet guy that I work with occasionally is super fast with one. He makes it look easy.
That's what pros do - make the hard stuff look easy.

Haven't started the wood edging yet but when I do I think I'll start with the small Stanley trim plane that WMitchell suggested.
 
 

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