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Forum topic by Crushgroovin posted 09-07-2010 07:32 PM 2080 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2010 07:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router veneering

I am currently in the process of designing a Cabinet Style Router Table. I have spent dozens of house researching exactly what I want to build and am down to picking out material for that table top. I have see some that use Corian or Avonite. I am looking into those but I have been thinking of using either solid UHVM or some kind of UHVM laminated MDF. Any thoughts on using a Solid Surface or UHVM as a router table top? Can UGVM even be laminated to MDF?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.



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#1 posted 09-07-2010 07:38 PM

UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) plastic will NOT stay flat on it’s own, and because it’s naturally slick it will NOT bond to anything but has to be bolted down to a flat surface to be of any use, which is why you probably don’t see it much in use on table tops etc.

if you are set on using this material though – you can bolt it down to 2 sheets of MDF to keep it flat,you could try to cap the bolts with UHMW plugs and smooth them flush. however, it may just be easier to laminate the MDFs with formica which can bond to it, and have a uniformed surface altogether

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 07:48 PM

Recently a friend gave me some large pieces of Corian. I am using it as a work surface for glue ups. I was surprised how easily the material scratches and gets gouged from scraping off dried glue.

Just a thought.

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 07:51 PM

I am not set on anything yet just looking at different options for the top. I like the self lubricating part of UHVM as it would assist material sliding across the table. I have seen Solid Surface tops used as well, but had read conflicting information about materials sticking/catching when sliding over Formica. Being a techno geek I have zero back ground with many materials.

I am trying to balance ease of use, durability, and cost to get the best value for a 32”x48” table top.

So far I have a Dewalt 618 Series Router, Incra Jig & Fence, & cabinet design. I have 2 4’x8’ sheets of Melamine sitting in my garage so if I can’t find anything signifigantly better I will just end up using that. I am just concerned about the durability.

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 08:13 PM

you will not have any problem with durability of the melamine. the only concern would be the MDF if you have high humidity in your area – but then again, that would be the same regardless of what you top the MDF with. since you already have the melamine – I’d go with that.

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 08:48 PM

I’ve been doing the same research regarding the router table I have yet to build. I’ve pretty well concluded that this is the top I want – - -

FWIW – I have a pretty high regard for anything Woodpecker makes. I’ll be building my own table and using this as the top.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 01:49 AM

I’ve been building my tops from melamine for over 5 years and never had a problem. And if you come up with another design later(as I have a tendency to do) you are only throwing away a few bucks.

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Bill White

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#7 posted 09-10-2010 04:12 PM

Made my top from laminate (Formica/Wilsonart) covered particle board-2 pcs. glued back-to-back. Edge banded it with solid wood. Been in use for about 7 yrs. with no warping at all. Total cost? ZIP-NADA!!!
Solid surface is just an acrylic, so it WILL scratch horribly. Makes pretty but crappy countertops too.


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#8 posted 09-10-2010 04:28 PM

I used 3/4” melamine covered particle board for my router table. Laminated two layers with contact cement and edge trimed with maple. Works great and stays flat. The tendency for melamine to chip when cutting is the only thing to watch out for.


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