This has been done for quite a long time, I am not sure why I have never updated the blog but I wanted to post the final product!
I made the tabletop according to the Mr. Sawdust book and I must say that I am extremely happy with it. The top is a couple of pieces of plywood glued together with 3/4” steel bars on edge for re-enforcement. I transferred the bolt holes from the old table.
The top layer is 1/4 hardboard. This will be easily replaceable if it gets too beat up. I spent a great deal of time aligning the top and saw according to the book. Although the RAS can be used to tons of purposes, I am only using it for its crosscut ability. It makes absolutely BEAUTIFUL cuts… I don’t ever want to use another machine for crosscuts :-)
Tabletop – 2 layers of 3/4” plywood
3/4” Steel re-enforcement on edge
1/4” Hardboard top with countersunk screw holes