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Recommendations for manual edge band trimmer

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by Swwils, 10 Mar 2021.

  1. Swwils

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    I have some edge banding to trim and don't currently have a cutter for it.

    Any recommendations? Are the single piece of metal scraper style ones worth it?

    I've also seen some people rig up a custom trim router fence to do it - happy to do this if it's neat.

    If it makes a difference this is ABS trim with no glue pre attached.
     
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    Virutex make the original and IMHO best manual edge banding trimmer for trimming 1mm melamine edging tape and it is still commonly found in trade shops (sometimes marked with the name "Wegoma"). These used to cost £25 to £30 a few years back. Whilst they are but fast and easy to use, like all trimmers of this ilk they cannot be guaranteed to make a good job on wood veneer edging.

    Other techniques include using those yellow plastic glass scrapers that Stanley make, used with the blade skewed to the work (never ever square on), or my own favourite, a razor sharp block plane iron taken out of the plane and used with the back of the iron flat on the surface of the board, again presented on the skew to the edging

    Whatever you do, always dub the cut edge using a sanding block (a rectangle of 18mm MDF or plywood about 150-200mm x 80-100mm with P120 aluminium oxide sanding paper glued onto it with spray adhesive) after trimming because straight off the trimming blade those edges can cut fingers easily. Dubbing means making a couple of quick, very light passes to get a tiny 45° chamfer instead of a 90° sharp edge which makes all the difference between bleeding fingers or not
     
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    Nice thanks for the tip. I wondered what the knockoffs had copied!

    Looks like what I am after.

    Maybe I'll get good enough for the £2000 festool machine!
     
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    Virutex is a Spanish power tool manufacturer which make a number of hand tools that support their power tools. Their range encompasses some very niche market kit including door installation tools (e.g. automatic lock mortiser, several hinge recessors, long bed power planer, door frame installation jigs, etc), solid surface tools (e.g what I believe is the world's only tilting portable plunge router, a coving router, etc) and laminate/lipping tools (e.g. static edge banders from hot air bench top to light industrial glue pot static machines, edge trimmers, lipping planers, edge profile trimmers, etc).

    To support the lipping/edgebanding they designed the original hand laminate trimmer, a heavier duty hand trimmer for manual trimming of 2 to 3mm ABS and PVC edge banding, end trimming tools for edge banding (including one to accurately trim edgevbsnding on round table tops), decorative laminate (Formica) strip cutters, laminate rollers, laminate strip cutters, etc. The full catalogue is to be seen on their site in Spain, or on the importer's site (Ney, in Coventry)

    Wegoma are a partner firm specialising in trade tools and machinery, particularly for door and panel processing. They sell a lot of Virutex stuff under their name in Germany in particular
     
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    Just tried the virutex on a scrap bit of ply and results are great.

    Thanks again!
     

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