|Forum topic by crank49||posted 06-07-2011 04:25 AM||2604 views||1 time favorited||8 replies|
06-07-2011 04:25 AM
I am gradually getting my basement shop set up and the next project I think I want to work on is a router table. I have read dozens of threads on here and read every magazine and book at my disposal to gain knowledge on the subject.
The size I think will work for me is 24” deep and 32” wide. I have designed an enclosed base with 3” square legs, through tennons for the stretchers, draw bolts through the mortise and tennon and into the braces (front to back). I am very satisfied with my design up to this point.
Now I am looking at the top. I’m trying to keep costs down, so buying a pre-fab top, like a Kreg or Woodpecker or similar, is not where I want to go. Besides, I really want to build everything I can myself. I have purchased a phenolic table top insert to fit my router, A PC 690, and I have an Incra miter slot (32” long) left over from another project. I plan to use these two items in the top I plan to build.
I think I want to make a top by laminating two layers of 3/4” material to total 1-1/2” thickness. Part of the reason for this thickness is the miter slot requires a 1/2” deep dado which would only leave 1/4” of material in a single 3/4” layer of material.
Now the question part. I have looked at melamine covered particle board, but how could I glue two layers of this together ? Or, would two layers of MDF work. If using MDF, should I cover it with laminate like formica ? Or, would laminate covered plywood work ? I personally am leaning toward the plywood; just because I don’t like particle board, don’t know why.
Anyway, now ya’ll know what I am wanting to do, and any of your comments, suggestions, and or criticisms would be much appreciated. Thank you.