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Hey guys I started on my table and i got a question now.. I cut the MDF and the formica and glued them all together..

Both sides ahve formica on them .. The MDF is 3/4 " Thick.. Now, I cut the formica alil bigger then the MDF and I bought a trimmin bit to trim this.. But now how do i Trim the formica . I know the bit runs on the MDF as a guide. But dont I still need to put up a straight edge or no?

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No. The bearing on the trimmer rides on the MDF and guides the router. Just don't tilt the router.

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god, me trying to keep it str8 is a job in itself..lol.
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god, me trying to keep it str8 is a job in itself..lol.
James, the usual way to trim Laminex on a bench or table top is a set up like this, using a trim router, special cutter and jig, the latter having a micro adjuster making set up an easy matter. Unfortunately in the last shot the special cutter is in shadow, it's difficult to hold the router in one hand and the camera in the other.

Assuming you don't have access to such a set up, use a straight bearing cutter to flush trim the Laminex then run a medium file along the edge at a slight angle, I've seen professionals using this method.
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James, the usual way to trim Laminex on a bench or table top is a set up like this, using a trim router, special cutter and jig, the latter having a micro adjuster making set up an easy matter. Unfortunately in the last shot the special cutter is in shadow, it's difficult to hold the router in one hand and the camera in the other.

Say Harry, is that some sort of medieval router ya got there? Looks like it should be in a museum.
Incidentally, the latest National Geographic has a comprehensive article on the drought in WA. What a nightmare for those people. You wonder how much longer they can hang on. We've had similar in our western states, now easing up some, but nothing as ruinous as what those folks are enduring.
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Say Harry, is that some sort of medieval router ya got there? Looks like it should be in a museum.
Incidentally, the latest National Geographic has a comprehensive article on the drought in WA. What a nightmare for those people. You wonder how much longer they can hang on. We've had similar in our western states, now easing up some, but nothing as ruinous as what those folks are enduring.
Fatz, stop making fun of my very reliable Makita trim router, I've only had it for about 25 years without a seconds problem. They don't make them like this any more!

There are farms in Western Australia that haven't seen rain in years, families are just walking off the land. In the north of the state there is fresh water in abundance but no one has come up with a viable method of moving it south.

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Hi Harry

I have one just like it (HF brand, 20.oo bucks if I recall ) and I think Mike ( the Ford man ) has one also,,but I do like to use the Bosch one...

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It's nice to see you have the right tool for the job Bj, even if it is a cheap copy of the Makita!

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It's nice to see you have the right tool for the job Bj, even if it is a cheap copy of the Makita!
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Very smart Harry, I'm sure bobj will come back at you LOL

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