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Routing the edge of a laminate flooring.

After installing laminate flooring in my house, I discovered that the leftover scraps make great blanks for router templates. They’re flat, stable, and the perfect thickness to use with bearing bits. And for wider templates, I simply click together two pieces side-by-side with glue in the joint.

When my leftover supply ran dry, I started buying affordable sample laminate boards at the home center for the same purpose. I’ve found the inexpensive stuff with no back and little or no surface texture works great. 
—Kent Merkley, Everett, Wash.

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