Route through laiminate, or lamininate after routing?
I'm building a workbench top, comprised of two sheets of 3/4" MDF (total 1-1/2" thick). I'll mount recessed T-track into the top, and *also* around the edges of the workbench top (on all four sides). The T-track on the top will also have more than one "+" T-track junctions.
I *was* going to just cover the top with replaceable hardboard, but picked up formica laminate on sale. So, I'm now planning on laminating the whole top and around the four sides (probably not the bottom 3" overhang, right?)
Should I route for the T-track *before* I laminate, or after? Should I pay attention to the selection of router bit to cut/trim/route the laminate?
I have a router table and fixed-base hand router. I thought about purchasing the Bosch or MLCS laminate trimmer (palm router), but at present, I'll probably try to just make do with the big fixed-base router.
I'm guessing I should laminate first, then route for the recessed T-track? If I used the (replaceable) hardboard, I'd do the same, right?