Author Topic: Setup for hardwood edge banding with trim router?  (Read 1984 times)

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Offline gearhound

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Setup for hardwood edge banding with trim router?
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:20 AM »
Hey guys/gals, I just picked up my 1st trim router and a flush trim bit. I ripped some thin strips of maple that I glued on to some 3/4" baltic birch and have been having difficulty balancing the router on top of the 3/4" ply. It's really easy to kind of angle the bit and dig into the edge banding a tad because the router doesn't have much surface area to balance on.

I came up with the idea of clamping the piece flush with the MFT top so I can use the table for support of the router base. This seems like a decent solution, but am just curious if anyone has a better idea for how to quickly edge band without a router table?


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Offline bionicus

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Re: Setup for hardwood edge banding with trim router?
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2017, 10:37 AM »
Make a flush-trim base for your Colt.

Like this guy:

There's no dialogue in the video so just press mute unless you enjoy the sound of an old woodworker breathing through his nose. (You don't, no one does.)

Offline RDMuller

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Re: Setup for hardwood edge banding with trim router?
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2017, 10:40 AM »
I have had lots of experiences here with lots of pluses and minuses
1.  The very best solution for "bringing a router to the work" is the Festool MFK700 in horizontal mode.  For nearly 10 years, this has been my favorite Festool tool -- even more so then saws and sanders.  This does cost some money.
2.  Routers in tables -- you say you do not want to be in a router table.  The big disadvantage  of tables is you bring the work to the tool and that is horrible if it is a big workpiece.
3.  Free handing like you are doing in the picture -- next to impossible to get quality work repeatedly -- you plain simply don't have the control you need. 
4.  Rigging up some sort of flat base for the router and putting "double fences" on each side underneath -- I have not done this but have seen some photos.  Basically you have a "throat" to pass the router over the clamped down work.

ABOVE ALL ELSE -- Bits with end bearings are your friend!

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Setup for hardwood edge banding with trim router?
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2017, 02:41 PM »
What if you took your idea and turned it around. Instead of clamping the workpiece on the side of the MFT lay it flat on the MFT. To support the router clamp a piece of ply where you have your workpiece now and let the router ride on that edge and on your workpiece. Then you don't have to go through the process of aligning your workpiece flush with the table top each time, you can just clamp it down close enough that the router can ride on both the work and the support clamped to the side of the MFT.
It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?