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    Special Laminate bit for Router?

    As I said in my previous thread, I am making a router table with a laminate top. It seems like some indicate I need a special laminate router bit, I have a large set of router bits with the standard straight bits. I woudl think that the standand bits woudl work just fine, your thoughts?

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    A laminate bit looks a like a reversed dovetail bit, usually 7, 15, or 25 degree angle on them. The angle usually helps prevent chipping on the edges from what I've heard.

    Example: http://eagleamerica.com/product.asp?...cd2=1240018845
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    Laminate is generally trimmed at a slight angle to avoid the possibility of being snagged. I have done this with a sanding block and 400 grit paper. Route it flush with your existing bit and then bevel it with the sanding block at about 10* or so.

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    You guys are awesome, I am new to this and will have many questions. Some simple and some not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Thibert View Post
    You guys are awesome, I am new to this and will have many questions. Some simple and some not.
    We all had questions and most of us still do ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    A laminate bit looks a like a reversed dovetail bit, usually 7, 15, or 25 degree angle on them. The angle usually helps prevent chipping on the edges from what I've heard.

    Example: http://eagleamerica.com/product.asp?...cd2=1240018845
    Darren is correct, AND if you use a sanding block to bevel that edge, "Be CAREFUL" as you are doing this, because the edge of the laminate on that 90* angle is "SHARP" and WILL slice your fingers, (which is another reason for beveling that edge as I found out MANY Years ago).

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