In building a router table, the instructions specify laying out the laminate on top and bottom of the bonded surface and then having you rout out the hole for the router plate.
For the miter slot, which is better - (1) routing for the miter slot first (taking into consideration the depth required for 'butting up' the laminate against an installed miter slot, or (2) installing the laminate first and routing out the groove for the miter slot?
Option (2) seems to the be usual approach, but doesn't that increase the risk of minute chipping (where the laminate will be meeting the miter slot?
I was thinking that if I installed the miter slot first, then I could install the laminate on both sides of the slot, having it butt up nice and clean to the installed slot.
Any opinions? Thanks!