Question: Router Table Building Materials

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Blog entry by Jason Watts posted 696 days ago 937 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello tool making veterans! I am building a combination router table and table saw station. For all of you who already have router tables, what is the best table top and fence material to use?

I found a router table plan from 1985, and the builder did the following:

top layer – plastic laminate
second layer – 1/8” hard board
middle layer – 3/4” hardwood plywood
fourth layer – 1/8” hard board
last layer – plastic laminate

Sounds flat, smooth and strong! I would probably add on more layer of 3/4” ply in the middle and put a hard wood border around the table top.

Would you share your past successes and failures with router table tops? Thanks in advance for the advice and input!

-Jason Watts

-- - In Christ

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#1 posted 696 days ago

Hey! MDF is what I would use. It’s flat and solid, a MDF fence would be my pick. Plywood would work but it will warp, and not stay flat. I’m suggesting MDF or something that will stay flat.


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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#2 posted 696 days ago

I used 2 layers of 3/4 MDF glued together topped with formica. (Melamane top is a good choice here) then I wraped it with on oak band that is 1 inch wide by 1-1/2 inch high, sanded the corners round and inset a aluminum riuter plate. (the plastic ones will sag if you use a heavy router).
I have used this table for several years now and it is still dead flat.
you might think of adding miter slot and ‘T’ track for the fence … I couldn’t live another day without mine.
Best of luck and I hope you enjoy your table as much as I have mine.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#3 posted 696 days ago

+1 for a double layer of MDF with formica on both sides.
Hardwood edging before laminating for a seamless top.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 696 days ago

Double thick 3/4” MDF and plastic laminate top and bottom is what I have used.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Jason Watts

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#5 posted 696 days ago

Great advice, thanks guys!

-- - In Christ

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#6 posted 696 days ago

Your welcome, any time!


-- If I can do can you! -AJswoodshop

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