A router is one of the most versatile tools ever developed, but it rarely is used to its full potential. Because the router has a fixed dimension from the outside of the base to the opposite side of the bit (figure 1), it is an ideal tool for scribing. For many applications, this is much quicker than the the router travels along the wall. The right end of the sheet temporarily curves up the right wall. Set the depth of the router cut to about 1/16 inch so it just cuts through the laminate, but doesn't score the countertop substrate. Now run the base of the router along the wall—moving it Figure 1 The fixed distance (A)