Ingenious Jigs: A Jig for Precision Trimming

Turn your laminate trimmer into a tool that flushes surfaces with incredible finesse.
By Nick Engler
Pages: 34-35

From the April 2004 issue #140
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Once upon a time I had the brilliant idea to use a strip of hardwood to trim out the edge of a laminate countertop. And not just any laminate, either. This stuff was so expensive that if you asked how much it cost, the salesperson presumed you could not afford it. So scratching it during installation was not an option.

The challenge, I realized the moment the glue set upon the wood trim, was that I had to plane the top surface of the trim flush with the laminate without touching the laminate itself. If the blade touched the laminate, I would remove the thin layer that held the color, revealing the dull substrate (which the manufacturer thoughtfully made a flat white to provide maximum contrast and advertise my slip-up to the world).

From the April 2004 issue #140
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