Step 3: Rout a Circle

using a router to make a circular cut in the floor to accommodate a floor medallion
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using double-stick carpet tape, secure the template on the pencil line. Chuck a ½-inch template bit with a top bearing into a router, and run it clockwise around the inside of the template. Start with a 1/16-inch-deep pass, then increase the depth by 3/16 inch for each pass until the bit reaches the subfloor. If you hit a nail, pound it down with a nailset.

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill with a hole saw or hammer and a chisel
    • magnetic nail finder
      Magnetic nail finder
    • router
      Router with ½-inch bearing-over bit
    • nailset
      Nailset
    • flat prybar
      Pry bar
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge
    • random orbit sander
      Random-orbit sander
    • notched trowel
      3/16-inch V-notch trowel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet

    Shopping List

    1. Floor medallion

    2. 1-inch painter's tape

    3. Double-stick carpet tape

    4. 40-grit sandpaper for sander5. Moisture-cure urethane floor adhesive

    6. Urethane adhesive remover