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Northwoodsice

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I am making a router table out of an old solid core door. I used my router in a custom jig to make the door very flat, I thought and then when I take a straight edge and a light I see some high spots. Not much of a high spot, just enough to slip a dollar bill folded twice under the opening. Two questions, 1)Am I going crazy about flatness? and 2) will the laminate top compensate that little bit to make the top consistently flat? I am on a low budget otherwise I would just buy MDF and go from there. Any help would be great. Thanks.


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#1 posted 2263 days ago

1. No you are not going crazy about flatness.
2. the laminate will not compensate.

try the jig again and tripple check everything before firing up the router.

-- Hope Never fails

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#2 posted 2262 days ago

You do not want the board you are routing to be able to rock and what really matters is if the board you are pushing through the router has full contact with the table top in the area of the cutter. Any gaps will affect the accuracy of the cut.

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

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#3 posted 2262 days ago

well, I think i am going to abandon the solid core door idea and wait for some MDF scraps to show up at the Re-use store. I have adjusted the router jig and it must just be off by a little or the rails i am using for guides are off. Not worth the head ache when MDF or even multi layer plywood would be flatter. Thanks for all the responses.

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