Iron Router Table or Countertop?

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Forum topic by Keen1 posted 11-28-2007 10:05 PM 1550 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2007 10:05 PM

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I’ve got a cast iron router table like the first one here: (sorry for the link to another site, but the top I have is not listed in the Lumberjock store) I really wanted a larger work surface as I am rebuilding my workshop right now so I bought a laminate countertop to do double duty as an outfeed table for my table saw. After looking at all the ways to build a router table though, I’ve about decided to scrap the iron table (which I was going to put in the counter) and simply recess the mounting plate into the countertop. I’ve got some steel or hardwood I could use for support to prevent sag. Any suggestions?

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#1 posted 11-28-2007 10:55 PM

BTDT…don’t do it! Laminated surfaces are really slippery, which is cool with woodworking, but they are normally glued to MDF board which is heavy, dusty, won’t hold a screw and worst of all…will sag after a period of time. Try laminating a heavy piece of cabinet grade plywood. That might work. But in all honesty, the cast iron is the best. I would try and keep that in the system.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 11-29-2007 12:01 AM

I agree. My first laminated router table was nothing but a frustration. On the current router table I have gone through great lengths to make sure it is absolutely flat. But if you already have the cast table JUST USE THAT! Otherwise you are in for a huge project. (See My New Router Table blog... six entries so far)

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#3 posted 12-01-2007 12:02 AM

Okay you talked me into sticking with the iron table. I’ll just cut out part of the counter top instead of trying to make it part of the table. The router table will stand on it’s own.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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