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How to Use a Laminate Trimmer

A laminate trimmer is a small router that is most often used for trimming laminate, but can be used in many woodworking projects. Learn how to use a laminate trimmer and change the bits with these easy steps.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Trim the Template

Use a straight base. Make sure the bit height is correct. To adjust the height, loosen the base and turn the wheel on the side of the tool. Once the right height is achieved, tighten down the base.

Rest the tool over the top of the work piece, then turn it on. Push the tool forward to trim around the edge of the work.

laminate trimmer used for trimming laminate

Step 2: Choose a Bit

There are several bases that can be used with this tool.

One example swivels so edges can be trimmed at a variety of angles (Image 1). An offsetting base allows access to tight corners because the bit is located at the edge of the base, rather than in the center. When working with laminate, this particular base is great for creating a backsplash. Cut around the edges of a circle with a roundover bit (Image 2).

Step 3: Change the Bit

Unplug the tool. Turn the knobs on either side of the tool to loosen the base. Remove the base.

Press the spindle guide to lock down the shaft.

Use a wrench to loosen the collet. Remove the bit and collet. You may have to tap on the collet to loosen; careful not to tap on the cutting edges of the bit.

Insert the new bit and collet. Use a wrench to tighten the collet into place.
Replace the base.

use wrench to tighten collet into place