|Forum topic by redric||posted 07-19-2011 01:05 PM||915 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
07-19-2011 01:05 PM
Hey, Y’all. I just received an incra LS positioner (25 in.) for my birthday. I am ecstatic. I have laid by a sheet of melamine and a sheet of MDF to make a top for it, and I have a bunch of 2 bys for framing. I normally use my Kreg jig for that type of joinery, as it is simple and quick. I have an EZ-smart setup for sheet cutting up to 48 inches, and with some concentration I can create square corners twice on the same day. At my experience level I can build utility type shelves and such without much trouble. I have never successfully tackled a project of this level.
My trouble is this: I have an old two-car garage shop with a hand-poured floor that is as straight and level as a political debate. I don’t have any sort of level assembly table, either. It is not so bad that your feet notice when walking on it, but I am afraid that any fine work I do will translate into the new router table top.
My idea is to assemble the top as two layers of MDF under one layer of melamine, and then edge it in some poplar I have laying around. Rather than try to use clamps, I was going to use coarse drywall screws to hold it together, or just drill a bunch of holes and pass lots of bolts through to get the substrate/MDF thick enough. I will remove the screws after the glue dries to avoid having them lurking inside the table top. The final layer will have to be clamped down with cauls I guess. (Ideas?)
Does anybody have any good ideas on how to accomplish this? Has anybody seen a project on this site with a reasonably detailed description of the process used to create a similar top? I am truly a novice woodworker—I have been overseas for about then years and collecting tools without being able to use them (base housing has no room for a woodshop and our base shop closed due to MWR cost-cutting.) I have a lot more tools than talent or experience. Any project would have to be simple or very well documented for me to replicate it.
Please help if you can, and many thanks-
ps. I may have double-posted this.