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Must-have Trim Router Bits

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?

Edging

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.
  Information for this article is sourced by permission of  Woodcraft.



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