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12-29-2017 04:54 AM

I’m currently working on setting up my router table top which is already unique as I’m adding it inside my large rolling workbench/cnc machine bench. Reason being as i’m limited on space so with my current setup I currently work in an area about a single car garage is not smaller. It’s a large pull out drawer basically with locking drawer slides and few other features. unfortunately that means removing the router base when I want to put it away. I’ve run into a problem while making the top which I made out of a sheet of white Hardboard glued to a 3/4” piece of mdf which is glued to a 3/4” piece of BB ply. I just finished getting the router insert set in and already the hardboard is showing damage. What are some other options for the top as I dont see the hardboard lasting. The top is 24×32 and am using a bosch router with removable jessem fence.


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#1 posted 12-29-2017 06:11 AM

I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before but is formica brand laminate a good option and is there any better options out there?
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Formica-Brand-Laminate-Solid-Colors-48-in-x-96-in-White-Matte-Laminate-Kitchen-Countertop-Sheet/4321914

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#2 posted 12-29-2017 07:30 AM

I picked up nearly full sheets of laminate from my local RESTORE for about three bucks each.

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#3 posted 12-29-2017 05:26 PM



I picked up nearly full sheets of laminate from my local RESTORE for about three bucks each.

- Kelly

I wish I knew what restore was, that would be awesome but being in a small town I’m limited.

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#4 posted 12-29-2017 05:36 PM

I have to go to the “big city,” about an hour away too. There, they have stores where people donate building materials for resale to help low income build houses. Many a good deal, but, of course, you never know what you’ll come across.

I haven’t seen any more roles in the occasional visits I’ve made, but I do find many other good buys ranging from doors to windows…...

You probably have them in cities near you, though they may be by other names.

Meanwhile, check craigslist and other resell or fee list services.

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#5 posted 12-29-2017 05:40 PM

I use Wilsonart brand laminate for shop projects, but Formica is good too.
Just don’t settle for pre-made melamine because it won’t last.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 12-29-2017 05:44 PM



I have to go to the “big city,” about an hour away too. There, they have stores where people donate building materials for resale to help low income build houses. Many a good deal, but, of course, you never know what you ll come across.

I haven t seen any more roles in the occasional visits I ve made, but I do find many other good buys ranging from doors to windows…...

You probably have them in cities near you, though they may be by other names.

Meanwhile, check craigslist and other resell or fee list services.

- Kelly

Good to know I’ll have to check it out, thanks for the input.


I use Wilsonart brand laminate for shop projects, but Formica is good too.
Just don t settle for pre-made melamine because it won t last.

- pintodeluxe

Noticed any difference between the two? Unfortunately looks like i’ll have to order pretty much what ever I’ll need as I have yet to find a cabinet shop that sells sheets. Lowes is the only place that carries the formica but the thinner grade.

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#7 posted 12-29-2017 05:49 PM

Lowes or Home Depot can get whatever you need. Just special order it in the cabinet / kitchen remodel section.

Both brands hold up really well, but I usually buy the Wilsonart. You can check the samples available in-store to compare thickness.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 12-29-2017 05:50 PM

I’ve used both and cannot tell a difference. If you see me use the word Formica, it’s because everything is a skillsaw or a cresent wrench too.

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#9 posted 12-29-2017 05:57 PM

I used a 1/8” thick aluminum plate. the 2-1/4 hp Ryobi router is dedicated
to the router box and is never removed. Red oak fence. has worked that way for many years.
“one of these days” I will build a new router station with a new aluminum top.

-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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#10 posted 12-29-2017 06:04 PM

Wilsonart has a matt or dull surface that is sometimes textured.
Formica has a smooth-as-glass surface with no texture.
there is also a vinyl product sold in the bath and shower section of the hardware stores
that may have chipped or broken edges that you can pick up really cheap.

just depends on what you are building as to which one you will use.
normally $40 to $60 for a 4×8 sheet – larger sizes are also available.
some experience with contact cement is required.

-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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#11 posted 12-29-2017 07:09 PM

Thanks for the tip, John. Never paid attention to other than durability, since all of my use, in the last ten years, has been shop cart tops.

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#12 posted 12-29-2017 08:51 PM

Plastic Laminate is a good way to go. Sometimes you can get it cheap at the big box stores if you look for damaged sheets. They usually set those aside and are really marked down. I always check and see whenever I go there for other items. I’ll buy it whether I need it or not because eventually I will need it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#13 posted 12-30-2017 02:42 AM

Well looks like laminate it is. Finished the one i was building and go figure peel the tape i had around the edge and it peeled off the finished so heading to town tomorrow to get some laminate from lowes. Also while using my new dewalt palm router on plunge base it decided to take a dump on me so finished it off with my bosch router.

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#14 posted 12-30-2017 02:52 AM

if you are going to do much laminate work, there is a special scoring knife
just for laminate and thin plastics. much neater edges than cutting with a saw.
ask the laminate guy where they keep it.

-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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#15 posted 12-30-2017 02:54 AM



if you are going to do much laminate work, there is a special pull knife
just for laminate and thin plastics. much neater edges than cutting with a saw.
ask the laminate guy where they keep it.

- John Smith

Thanks for the input, any advice for adhering it to mdf?

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