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04-29-2010 08:01 PM

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I just called a local cabinet and countertop supplier in town. I asked what they did with the cutouts from sink installation. They toss them in the trash!. I am thinking of a top for a router table, drill press sanding setup as shown in projects today by Diggerjack. Work bench for my grandkids. Flytying table. Shelving. I’m sure the LJ folks will come up with many uses for them.
Damaged countertops are handled by their supplier, so nothing there. I’ll have to buy them.

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 09:40 PM

Greetings Knothead62:.... I ‘ve used several cut-outs from kitchen sinks for router table tops. They work great, are laminated, and MDF to stay straight. Most of the work is already done for you…... lol. THe only problem I have with them is that they are usually too small for my liking…. I like big tops.

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 09:49 PM

Well, Rick…..........we could join a bunch together with duck tape and make a reeeeaaalllll big one.
Seriously, what did you use to drill through the laminate? What did you use to rout edges, etc. I’m going tomorrow and pick up a couple.

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 10:13 PM

While perusing through the forum and projects, I thought I could square two ends and join them to make one long top for a router table. I’ll see what I can conjure up.

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 08:48 AM

I use a cut out from a 30inch cook top. Corian. Works great.

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#5 posted 05-01-2010 01:43 AM

Having been a handyman I have thrown many away myself. I did make a top for my grinding station from a cutoff piece of counter top. I had no problems drilling or routing. I did though use masking tape where I made my cuts to prevent chip out during my cut.

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#6 posted 05-01-2010 01:50 AM

You can join the tops with miter bolts just from the bottom drill a hole in each piece with a forstner bit then using a router plow the groove to connect them use some polyurethane constructon adhesive between the sink cutouts and make sur the surface is properly supported.

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#7 posted 05-01-2010 02:50 AM

Greetings Knothead: Are you talking about doing the cutout for the router plate, and the starter holes for each corner ? If so, then I used a 1/2” Brad point bit to drill all the way through. Then I used a jig saw for the through hole, and a 1/2” straight bit to cut the depth for the plate to sit in. Then drill 4 tiny holes in each corner for your leveling screws…... The Brad point won’t tear out the laminant if you’re careful. If you can get, or make a template the size of your plate, then it should be a breeze… I hope this was the question you were asking. Cut the groove for the plate to sit in about 3/8—1/2” wide for a good lip for the plate to rest on…....

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#8 posted 05-01-2010 04:09 AM

Try going to places like “Habitat Restore” or “Second Chance Store”. These place have a lot of used items for sale at reasonable prices . Usually you can buy them from these places cheaper than making your own. Especially if color isn’t an issue.

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