It used to be that trim routers (also known as laminate trimers) were a one-purpose tool. Originally designed to trim laminate countertop material, they weren't the most versatile of tools when they first came on the seen some two decades ago. Nowadays however, these small routers pack a really big punch. Trim router have become an indispensable power tool in most workshops, and for good reason. They can be used for a wide variety of tasks including routing for inlay cavities and hinge mortises, rounding over edges, flush trimming hardwood edging, and a whole lot more.

    In this video, senior editor Matt Kenney shows you what to look for when buying a trim router, and outlines some of the basic techniques and uses for this versatile workshop workhorse.