Working with laminate can be frustrating if you don’t have the right tools. Even with the right tools though, your job can be ruined by poor technique. With proper setup, using a router to trim your laminate countertop is the quickest, easiest way to get a professional-looking edge. Without proper setup, using a router is the quickest and easiest way to spoil your laminate job. Patience and preparation are the keys to successful laminate trimming.
Clean the countertop with a whiskbroom. Brush off the router's base plate as well. The router's base must move smoothly across the top of the laminate to maintain a straight edge.