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Forum topic by rockom posted 02-22-2010 05:52 PM 849 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2010 05:52 PM

I was wondering, has anyone used real wood for a router table surface?

The majority of tops are laminated fiber board, or layers of ply and MDF.
Why not have a glued up surface. Butcher block or workbench style?
This could be glued to an MDF and ply substrate right?
A finish can be applied to reduce friction.

What’s the drawback? Will flatness over time be much different than plywood and MDF?


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#1 posted 02-22-2010 08:19 PM

I’ve wondered this myself. I suspect it’s just cheaper to get a slick, flat surface with laminate. Also, ensuring that the top is sag-free over time while bearing the weight of the router underneath seems to be an important concern.

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 10:09 PM

I did make mine out of solid wood. It is butcher block maple. It would have been expensive for the maple, but I had it leftover from a job. I covered mine with Formica, and it works great. I didn’t want MDF for my router table.

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 11:03 PM

MDF is so great because its less likely to move (e.g..twist, bow, sag, cup, warp). All of which would make a router table a PITA to use.

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 01:30 PM

I used baltic birch for mine. The stuff is solid, stable and will last forever. You can still cover it with formica or whatever if you want, but I haven’t had any problems without.

-- Rick, Canada,

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 07:50 PM

Thanks all for your replies.

Baltic birch sounds like a nice idea with a wood trim.


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