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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-14-2016, 05:24 PM
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The glue from the iron on tape will collect on the trim routers bit and heat up and then you have messy glue to clean off!
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The glue from the iron on tape will collect on the trim routers bit and heat up and then you have messy glue to clean off!
mineral spirits and a rag while the bit is warm fixes that...

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I tried the trimmer tool... it worked, but I wasn't satisfied with it. I ended up using a small plane, as Bill, schnewj, suggested with much better results. I followed this with a hand sander with fine paper in it.

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I don't have good luck with these double edge trimmers. It is one of those five minute tools that allows you to finish up five hours later.

I generally, use a razor knife or an EXACTO Knife to trim the edges. Start at the end and hold the blade as flat as you can and run it along the edge of the piece. Angle the tip away from the direction of travel and keep the pressure towards the banding. The banding is thin enough that the knife blade should be more than adequate. You should get a very fine curl of material being sliced off. You may have to make a couple of passes to ensure it is flat to the surface.

Then, use either use a block plane (set really shallow) or a piece of fine grit sandpaper on a backer (piece of wood) and break the edge a little. Again, pressure towards the banding. Never cut towards the banding as it may break it loose from the edge. The sandpaper will, also, allow you to get into inside corners.

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I like to use a block plane for this, but I can also see using a fairly wide chisel, bracing the flat against the shelf and rolling the blade down across the banding, almost like half of a scissor. Wicked sharp edge is a must for either cutting edge.
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I was making the shelves for my little cabinet and it occurred to me that I could do a quick demo of the method that I described.

- the tape is heated with an iron and rubbed with a block of wood to get good contact with the edge
- with the part lying flat, start at the one end with the file almost flat on the face of the part and feed the file forward and to the right as you work along the edge. You'll get a curl of trimming the whole length of the part if you feed smoothly.
- finish up with fine sandpaper on a block and you're done, probably took 30 seconds total to do both sides of the shelf.

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like it...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I was making the shelves for my little cabinet and it occurred to me that I could do a quick demo of the method that I described.

- the tape is heated with an iron and rubbed with a block of wood to get good contact with the edge
- with the part lying flat, start at the one end with the file almost flat on the face of the part and feed the file forward and to the right as you work along the edge. You'll get a curl of trimming the whole length of the part if you feed smoothly.
- finish up with fine sandpaper on a block and you're done, probably took 30 seconds total to do both sides of the shelf.

It would be better with a video, maybe I can get that on Santa's list for this year.http://www.routerforums.com/images/R..._face_wink.png
Thanks for the great description and pictures. I'm going to try the exacto knife method as well as this file method and see which one works best for me.
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Thanks for the great description and pictures. I'm going to try the exacto knife method as well as this file method and see which one works best for me.
In the end that's the best plan of all. Experiment and see what works for you.

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I was watching Harry's video on making router ski's on another thread and noticed that he used a similar method to filing, except using a steel rule to trim melamine edge banding.
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