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Forum topic by lilredweldingrod posted 06-18-2011 08:38 PM 1460 views 1 time favorited 59 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2011 08:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router table

I have been offered a 4’ x 4’ x 1 1/4” thick piece of plexiglass. What do you guys and gals think of using this for a routing table? Has anyone tried this? If so, what kind of results did you have with it?

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#1 posted 06-18-2011 08:46 PM

Man, I’ve never seen a guy get so much stuff given to him. You must live a special life. So, I’m gonna make you an offer too…. I’ll take that plexiglas off your hands so you won’t have such a problem. All you have to do is ship it to me…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-18-2011 09:05 PM

My initial thought was that it work good but that you’d have to route out (countersink) where the route mounts otherwise you’d lose too much depth of cut. But then I started thinking it might scratch easy.

If I had that I’d use it as the window in new outside doors I’ve been wanted to make. Gotta think it take a lot of force to break through that. Then again the scratching issue. So I’d look into laminating glass on either side to overcome that issue.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 09:07 PM

it would make a good router table

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 09:08 PM

I wouldn’t mess with it. 1.25” plexi will be messy to counterbore for
your router base and while I do think the material will stay pretty
flat and support a lot of weight, it would also be useful for other
projects and I’d hold onto it for that if I were you.

You can also slice it up and sell it in smaller pieces on ebay.


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#5 posted 06-18-2011 09:09 PM

I think that would be way cool. Might have to support it with a few metal slats or something if you’re going to put in a 3+ HP router. Me..never tried it. It will scratch up over time, right?


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#6 posted 06-18-2011 09:13 PM


I have never seen a piece of Plexiglass that thick! Must weigh a ton!

That was my first thought… a router table… Then…

That is so thick, you’d be waisting a lot of Router Bit space coming out the top… unless you would be able to Route-out a good amount to mount the Router directly to the PG… I think if you tried to cut-out a space for a Mounting Plate, it would end up weakening it… I really don’t know…

48×48 is really too big for a router table… sure you could make one but, most of it would be wasted space…
A more realistic size would be 24×24 or 24×36…

You could cut it up into smaller pieces… 4 pieces 24×24… or 2 pieces 24×36… and experiment…
I think I would be happy with a 24×24 size… would be easier to clamp stuff to it, etc.

I think you still want to conserve on space don’t you?

Now, for my friendly advice, I could use a piece 24×24… LOL (No, just kidding… I have a router table)

Just my thoughts…

Have fun playing with it!

Just be careful cutting that stuff… a little heat will mess you up FAST literally causing your cut to melt into it’self making it useless. If you could cut it FAST on a band saw… might be better… don’t know for sure.

Thanks for keeping us updated…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 06-18-2011 09:21 PM

hold on to it for another project even though in this thickness its nearly bulletproof ….. LOL
it will be scratshed very easely

congrat´s with your new headdeac by the way …. :-)

take care

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Greg In Maryland

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#8 posted 06-18-2011 09:38 PM

Just think you could trick it out with black lights, strobes and an awesome sound system and have a router table that just rocks! You would be the envy of your neighborhood.

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#9 posted 06-18-2011 09:43 PM

Gary, I have a better idea….You come for a visit and I’ll split it with you. lol Then we can have some of this llama. MmmmmGoood! See? If you were eating more llama than that nasty old artery plugging beef…

BM, I’m sure it will scratch pretty easy, but what a show stopper! lol Maybe some acrylic floor wax might forestall the scratching. I don’t need bullet proof glass yet, I’m still out shooting all the Marines my son brings home. lol Even the instructors instructor. lol The old man still knows a thing or two more that them. lol No brag, just my pride. he he he
Bob, I think I’m going to try routing the edges first to see if my routers are slow enough to do this with out melting and ruining the bits. It would be kinda nice to have something no one else has. lol

rowdy, this stuff seems plenty rigid. It’s just that my pullout table is 1 1/2” thick now and I will have to shim everything to make this work. My current one does not even need the toggle clamps to be steady. The plexiglass might be lighter and need a little extra securements.

Joe I’m thinking 24×35 finished size with 20” or so under the bench to keep things rigid.

Dennis you are no help here. lol Come on, where is that fertile mind of yours? lol

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#10 posted 06-18-2011 09:55 PM

sendt it on vacation after the hangover last weekend


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#11 posted 06-18-2011 09:55 PM

How about using to make table saw throat plates? Slicing it 1” thick the 4” width should be enough for an insert. 4×4 should make a ton of them…

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#12 posted 06-18-2011 10:02 PM

Rand, you could give it a few coats of Clear Lacquer or Poly to protect it from so many scratches…
... after a quick Rub-Out and waxing, it would work like a charm!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 06-18-2011 10:34 PM

This would be a hard choice to make. Having something that thick and much more stable than any wood product. There’s a lot of possibilities, router table being one. I think you could cut out a suitable opening, with routed edges, for one of the drop in router plates.

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#14 posted 06-18-2011 10:35 PM

Well, it it were mine I wouldn’t have a use for it right now but I’d sure put it into the dungeon for a few years because it would probably be useful for something later on.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 06-18-2011 10:35 PM

I have played with Plexiglas a bit, in fact I blogged about a electronic oven thermometer case with a Plexiglas cover.

Personally, I don’t don’t think I would try to machine this stuff. If you keep the piece, you could make a table top or some such out of it. There is a lot of reference material on the net telling you how to work with it, I would check it out first, before I tried.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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