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The product is a "floating" laminate floor...... One of those click together laminate floor that look like wood. In this case, like bamboo. The surface hardness is like Formica on steroids. The center of the material is a composite wood product sorta like Masonite.
My project is about the same as cutting a hole in a Formica counter top, then cutting, shaping and inserting a repair piece that's invisible and as durable as the original. It's gonna be an interesting week.
The repair areas are 5" by 7" and a larger one, 10" by 26".
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use negative rake rated for the material tooling...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I looked over the PDF and that's way more than KISS. I can square up two edges in my table saw and fine tine the squareness with the hand held router One that's done, I can use the saw once more to cut the length and width about 1/16" larger than I need. From there, the fence setup I'm using will, one pass at a time, shaving off a few thousandths each pass, make for a custom fit. I can shave off the thickness of a piece of paper if I so choose. The rectangular holes that I route into the floor will of course have rounded corners. I'll hand file the fill/repair piece to match those rounded corners in the floor.
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O lordy.............. you're talkin' an $85 bit aren't ya?
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O lordy.............. you're talkin' an $85 bit aren't ya?
you watch how fast you kill non rated tooling ...
several times over...
then get back to us on the total cost..

you've never done this before.. have you???

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No one else has either.
I bought 2 new Amana bits for the cuts on the showing, or surface edges. A 3/4 bit for the floor cut and a 1/2" for use in the table mount. They need to survive for 80 inches.
I've done this before with the old Pergo laminate. Like this job, hardy any left over material, so I had to make up pieces from leftover cuts. I had to T&G them so they would mate into the rest of the floor.

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Stick, I did my test pieces with "Exchange-A-Blade" brand 3/4 inch and 1/4" router bits. These weren't new bits. They looked fine when I got done using them and the cuts were good. The Amana bits look to be considerably better made. They'll survive this job. If this was a common repair I'd go for the gusto.
This is a thrice in 45 year type of repair. I shouldn't say 45 years because laminate floors like this haven't been around nearly that long. Maybe 28 years.......... you get the picture.
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.......... you get the picture.....
yup..
I got the picture...

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What they said. Don't trap your work!!
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@ranman You are correct that you are feeding the material into the bit correctly BUT you are still traping the material between the bit and fence.

With this set up, one small lapse in control of the material makes the part vulnerable to the cutter's tendance to grab the part and throw it back at you. If the material is not traped then it will usually just be pushed away from the bit, when trapped between the bit and fence it cannot fall away from the cutter safely and becomes a projectile that will be thrown toward you.

Don't fall prey to the "it won't happen to me" because that's why it's called an accident and you will be saying " I knew better but did it anyway, so I'll have to get use to seeing out of the one eye I have left".
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No leftover material from the original installation? I thought there was a technique for removing click~lock boards in the middle of a floor?...
I hope this is for yourself! If it's going to take a week it'd be cheaper to just replace the floor...
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