Simple carriage steadies trim router to flush-cut plywood edge-bands
Synopsis: Jim Siulinski, an applications engineer and woodworker, was looking for a way to trim off solid-wood edge-banding from cabinets. His solution was to make a carriage for a trim router with an extended base and fence and handles like those on a handplane. It works much like a handplane, and he’s found few obstacles to a clean cut. A large detailed drawing shows how he built the carriage and how he adjusts the depth of cut.
Every time I use sheet goods to make cabinets, I’m faced with the job of banding the exposed edges. I’m turned off by glued veneer tape because I worry that it will eventually peel away or chip off. It also has that department-store furniture look. I prefer a solid wood edge-band, which is more durable and more attractive.
Applying and trimming solid-wood edge-banding, though, can be difficult and time-consuming. After…