You’ve bought a trim router (aka pony router) and beyond trimming laminate you are trying to figure out what it does best. Here’s a short list of bits most commonly used with a trim router and their use. See our companion Article: Trim Routers – your new best friend?
|1/8″ ROUND OVER. Transforms a trim router into a precise, power-assisted sanding block. The tiny radious knocks down sharp edges and ends before they chip, catch or cut.|
|CHAMFER. Uses like a round-over, but the angled edge creates a more deliberate-looking detail common to Arts and Crafts-style furniture. Quicker and more consistent than using a block plane.|
|BEADING BIT. Creates a small half-round detail that adds visual interest and eases small gaps like those between a door and face-frame so they look intentional. Running the router aloing the face and the edge of stock creates a full corner bead.|
|Mortising and template routing|
|1/2″ PATTERN CUTTING BIT. The top-mounted bearing lets you put you put your pattern on top of the wood, making is easy to keep the bearing in tough with the template.|
|HINGE BIT. The shorter cousin of the pattern bit. It can be used with a guide for shallow dadoes, or used to clean up saw marks left by a dado blade. It is the perfect companion to hinge templates.|
|1/2″ FLUSH-TRIM BIT. This bottom-mounted bit is handy for deeper cuts or tall templates. Adjusting the bit height regularly evens out the wear on the bit.|
|BEVEL TRIM BIT. A cross between a chamfer and a flush trim bit, a bevel trimmer cuts laminate to size and creates a tine chamfer (usually 22° or 45°) to soften the sharp plastic edge.|
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