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How to use a dremel tool to trim laminate flooring

Updated February 21, 2017

One of the features of a Dremel tool that is so fascinating is that it can be used to cut so many different materials, and with the quick change of an accessory, you can go from sharpening an axe blade to carving wood to trimming a piece of laminate flooring to size. Laminate flooring is made of a dense, wood-like material that cuts similar to wood. If you have never cut laminate flooring with a Dremel tool, you should practice cutting a scrap piece of laminate before making a cut on a piece that is still usable.

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  1. Unplug your Dremel tool, loosen the collet and remove the accessory that is currently installed in the Dremel tool, if any.

  2. Attach the multipurpose cutting guide and tighten the thumbscrew so it will not slide off or become a safety hazard while the Dremel tool is in use.

  3. Insert a multipurpose cutting bit (561) so the entire cutting surface is visible outside of the collet. Tighten the collet with the tool included with the purchase of the Dremel.

  4. Plug the Dremel tool into a regular wall outlet and turn the power switch on to setting 15 so the multipurpose cutting bit will rotate at approximately 15,000 RPMs (rotations per minute), the recommended cutting speed for laminate flooring material.

  5. Begin cutting the laminate flooring from the edge of the plank. If a plunge cut must be made, orient the cutting blade to a 45-degree angle to the surface of the plank and plunge sideways.

  6. Follow a predetermined cutting pattern that has been traced on the laminate flooring with a pencil or a permanent marker. After the cut has been completed, turn the Dremel tool off and set it aside to allow the bit to cool.

  7. Warning

    Do not touch the Dremel tool's cutting bit until it has had sufficient time to cool–it gets extremely hot during cutting.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dremel tool
  • Multipurpose cutting guide
  • Multipurpose cutting bit (561)

About the Author

Kelly Nuttall

Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.

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