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Trim only what you need

Trim only what you need

Flush trimming solid-wood edging on veneered plywood or MDF is a good job for a trim router because of its small base and low center of gravity. But even if you use a midsize router, set the bearing depth of the flush-trim bit just below the edge to be trimmed. This way, if you accidentally tip the router, you won't cut into the plywood's veneer. And when trimming away edging, rout in a climb-cut direction, right to left in this example, to avoid tearing out grain on the wood edging.

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