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One of the vexing aspects of using a flush-trimming bit is trying to keep the router—even a little laminate trimmer—square on a narrow edge. If the router wiggles one way, you get a hump, which, of course, you can remove with another pass. But wiggle the other way and you get a snipe out of the material you're trying to trim flush. And that you can't fix up with another pass.

This simple brace that Fred made provides bearing for a laminate trimmer on the face of the workpiecc. Hold the trimmer horizontally against the edge being trimmed. Then bear down on the brace to help keep the trimmer square to the edge. (Some router manufacturers make an extra-cost trimming guide that's a lot like this one.)

The brace is easy to make from a scrap of Winch plywood and

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The Jlush-trimming brace is a simple outrigger that helps you keep the laminate trimmer square to the edge when trimming edge banding. Keep pressure on the brace, as shown. You particularly want to present the trimmer from tipping down, which will gouge the edge.

another of Winch plywood. To bring the brace's bearing surface flush with the bit's pilot bearing, mount the baseplate on the trimmer, and fit the bit in the collet. Set a square on the baseplate, and use it to can)' the plane of the bearing to the edge of the brace. Sand the nose of the brace until it's flush and square with the bearing.

If you don't have a laminate trimmer, this same concept can easily be adapted to a small router. Or attach a wooden facing to the router's edge guide and use it as a brace.

band that's only visible when the light strikes it at a certain angle. Before you begin, be sure the bearing is clean and that it turns freely. If it has a spur or grit on it, it can scratch. If it's frozen, it will bum the wood. When you work, be sure you don't press the bearing against the work too hard. This can lead to a burnished track. More often, though, burnishing is caused by too little pressure, which allows the bearing to spin with the cutter and buff the wood's surface.

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