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Old 07-30-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Installing laminate counter cap without offset router?

Here is my dilema. I have the countertop installed, and need to attach the cap to the unfinished edge. No problem. However, I don't have an offset router to trim the edge near the wall, and obviously my full-sized router is too big to get close and trim it up. I know I can just use a file, but the cap is way oversized compared to where it needs to fit and I'm worried about the file doing damage.

What is the suggested way to go about doing this, without making a mess of the whole thing?

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Old 07-30-2013, 10:27 AM   #2
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What I have done in this situation is use a piece of hpl or something thin as a gauge or spacer, lay the piece of hpl on the back of the cap (butt the back of the cap) and use a scoring tool and score from the back side where you can't use your router. Score very deep as you will be breaking the hpl and the deeper the score the cleaner it will break. By scoring the back with the scoring tool on the piece of hpl, it will give you enough that you will still have to file but it won't be as hard to mess up. I hope this is clear enough, if not just post and let us know.

One more thing, you will have to hold the cap on as you use the scoring tool as you will be exerting pressure from behind which could cause the cap to come loose.

OK one more thing, I usually will tape the spacer to the scoring tool instead of trying to hold it in place.

Just had another thought, you could use a belt sander and sand as close as possible but be very careful not to build up heat or get too close to the finish hpl, once it is ruined, it is ruined.


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Looks as if you have already applied the end cap to the counter? If you haven't, take a pencil and while holding it against the counter, trace the outside edge onto the end cap. Then tape the end cap with painters tape and trim near the marked line using a dremel or similar tool. Now when you apply the end cap there isn't as much to file off.

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No, it's not attached, I was just holding it there for the picture.

Thanks for the tips guys.
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Need a trim router not an offset router.
If it's not even attached then I'm not seeing the issue.
Just side it out and over and trim it.
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