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08-24-2016 02:54 PM

Hey guys building an outfeed extension table for my saw and I lamintated the two pieces of mdf together. I used clamps on the long edges and some weights in the middle but didn’t clamp the other two sides (forgetful/ignorance). I have about 8 more clamps than I used which is the frustrating part. Should have slapped some 2×4’s undernearth so I would have clearance on all 4 sides.

So my question is should I redo the mdf layers or don’t worry about it since it will be edged with wood and skinned with laminate. Here is a link to a video showing the extension I plan on building.

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 03:50 PM

Doesn’t need to be super flat for an out feed table. If you’re worried about it splitting you could add some screws which will be hidden under your laminate. I think it’s fine.


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#2 posted 08-24-2016 04:01 PM

No one else would know. But you will, it will haunt your dreams at night and one day it will blow up. Na just kidding I think Brain is right, no big deal in that situation.

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#3 posted 08-24-2016 04:02 PM

I wouldn’t redo it. It’s not like it’s going to come apart. You’re just sliding wood across the top. Long as it’s flat enough, I’d not worry about it.

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#4 posted 08-24-2016 04:06 PM

NO WORRIES …...just do it


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#5 posted 08-24-2016 04:41 PM

I laminated two sheets of MDF once and I pre-drilled countersunk holes on one sheet (about 8 inches on center).

I painted on the glue and then drove in all the screws. As I recall I just left the screws in. No clamps.

To make my job easier I drove several thin brads into once surface and clipped them so only about 1/16” was showing. It kept the boards from sliding around on the glue. This is a process I use frequently when gluing up. The nails never show and are not part of the joinery; just part of the positioning.

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 09:40 PM

Thanks everyone, I decided to drill and countersink a copious amount of screws… Should do the trick.

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 09:45 PM

I don’t think you added enough screws. Perhaps you should wrap it a few times with duct tape also.

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#8 posted 08-24-2016 09:51 PM

Yeah, you probably should put another screw in the middle of each square, just in case. LOL
I think your underestimating the strength of glue, that, or you just have a lot of time and enjoy doing stuff.. ;)

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 09:59 PM

I don t think you added enough screws. Perhaps you should wrap it a few times with duct tape also.

- TravisH
Great suggestion…going downstairs to add a few layers of tape

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#10 posted 08-24-2016 10:04 PM

screws work – not just don’t hit any when you route groves for the miter slot extensions

Delamination was not going to be a problem even before.

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#11 posted 08-24-2016 10:10 PM

For something like that I don’t mess with clamps. Just glue and screws. You’ll be fine.

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#12 posted 08-24-2016 10:46 PM

I made sure to mark where the miter slots were, so I should be set on that front.

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