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Forum topic by CoolDavion posted 01-04-2008 06:30 AM 1157 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2008 06:30 AM

Planning on building a Router Table this weekend/next week.

Question for all of you out there who have done so already.

Would Melemine make a good sufrace for a router table top? Or would I be better off choosing something else?


-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#1 posted 01-13-2008 03:19 AM

No way, Jose’! Melamine is a low pressure laminate which isn’t near tough enough for a top. For that you’ll need a high pressure laminate such as Formica or one of competing brands. Make sure that your substrate is dead flat before you laminate BOTH sides. If you haven’t used laminate before you might enlist the help of someone who has at least seen someone do it before you attempt it. It’s not that hard if you know how. You can email me if you want and I’ll outline the steps. Good luck.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 03:28 AM

I would tend to agree with jcees. I used high pressure laminate on mine. I used one with a coarse texture
to keep friction to a minimum.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 03:44 AM

I have 2 tops, one store made, one not. I prefer my store made one, but when I made the other, I used high pressure laminate. Melamine lasts for a week.. then you start over.

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 10:41 PM

Are we talking your basic counter top laminate you get at the big box store, or do I need to get something special?

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#5 posted 02-03-2008 09:12 PM

I’d go with laminate. Here’s a link to my router cabinet project.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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