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Forum topic by GrizzlyJake posted 11-06-2017 08:12 PM 143 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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GrizzlyJake

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11-06-2017 08:12 PM

All,
Again thanks this is such a great board for all woodworkers especially the younger generation who are learning new skills.

I picked up an incra router table with all the bells and whistles including the 25 in LS positioner and wonder fence mounted on the larger (42×27 ish) table for 125 bucks. Someone bought a storage unit and it was in there and didn’t know what he had. Which was AWESOME. Sometimes I don’t know if I enjoy making things or finding great craigslist deals more….. In good faith I told him I would give him 200 but he was liquidating. Anyway everything is in great shape except the actual 1.5” MDF table. There was just a little water damage by the miter slot and enough to raise the table through the pressured laminate about 1/16-1/32 of an inch. So I pulled the positioner and plate out and figured I could build my own and integrate it into my outfeed table.

I think im going to rip 2 3/4” MDF panels and glue them together then route out the opening using the old table as template. Then just laminate the top with counter top laminate and adhesive and trim to size? Is it worth laminating the bottom as well like the existing table? I live in PA with crazy humidity swings if that influences the decision any and will be in a non climate controlled but insulated shed. I can copy the old table as far as mounting etc.

In addition the incra MAgna Lock plate sits ~3/4” in a recess underlain by a larger recess that has inset leveling screws around the edge of the plate. Ive worked with MDF before but nothing as precise as some of the incra stuff. Would the best way be to use the old table opening as a template route the larger recess all the way through then flip it and route the smaller recess? Thinking of using a top bearing pattern bit as well unless there is a better bit to use?

Any body who has retrofitted or rebuilt anything like this any comments greatly appreciated. I’ll try to post some pictures as well.

As Always thanks again for any comments/insights and all the great knowledge on this board.


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#1 posted 11-06-2017 08:43 PM

yes, laminate both sides, just like finishing a table top, always finish both sides to equalize moisture absorption/dispersion

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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