Router table top: Should I or Should'nt I

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Forum topic by johno23 posted 06-08-2015 03:01 AM 817 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-08-2015 03:01 AM

Hey all.
I just upgraded my router from a craftsman to a Bosch 1617 combo, and figured it was time to upgrade my router table from a tabletop model to a larger more stable design. I have a desktop that I think would make a great top, but would like some of your opinions on my thinking.
The desktop is 20” x 32”, made out of 1” particle board and covered with, IMO, a thick laminate (looks like at least a 1/16”) it’s in great condition and flat. I was thinking of mounting it to 1/2” MDF to add to the stiffness (overkill?). Not sure if I am going to go with a mounting plate or mount directly to the tabletop.
Anyway, let me know your feeling. Thanks for your input. BTW I am building a cabinet style base for this table.

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 01:54 PM

I suggest you go over to the router forums and find a thread that says “wanted, pictures of your router table”.

Should give you plenty of ideas. Stay away from MDF. Dangerous to you health and does not hold up well to humidity\moisture. Also does not hold nails or screws well and can cause dimpling or bulging.

Think Birch Plywood.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 06-09-2015 03:49 AM

1” ain’t enough to keep the table flat once the 3 1/2 hp router has been sitting in it. Make matter worse by having that 1” be MDF your looking to add stress in your life that’ll do it.

-- I meant to do that!

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 04:44 AM

Those guys speaketh the truth!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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