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Contractors who rely on specialty shops to supply all of their countertops may regard laminate work as too difficult, too time-consuming, or too expensive to be done on site. But the skills required to work with plastic laminates are no more sophisticated than those you employ on any finish project: an ability to measure and cut accurately, and a willingness to fuss over 32nds of an inch. Tools The only new tools you might have to purchase are a very inexpensive router, a laminate flush trim bit, and a few hand tools. Light-duty router. For laminate work, you must be able to handle the router easily with one hand. If the only router you own is a 3-hp plunge model weighing