Is it possible to repair a laminated router table top?

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Forum topic by stratiA posted 10-07-2011 05:47 AM 2692 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2011 05:47 AM

Hi everybody.
I am having a GOOD DAY. I got a tool gloat to share. My cousin who like me has to many hobbies is downsizing his shop. He gave me an older version Rockler router table and router lift. Unfortunately he put something wet on it one day and the table top has swollen at the miter track.!!

Is it possible to squeeze it back down. Maybe a little glue and a lot of clamping pressure will do it. Or do I sand or route it down and fit it a new piece of laminate over a small section. It is an older version and replacement tops for this older jess um plate isn’t available anymore. Worst situation would be to make a whole new top. Any suggestions will help. Thanks

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 07:57 PM

could you not pop the laminate off the portion on that side of the miter track and re-attach (after repairing the underlayment)?

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 08:04 PM

probably not worth it (financially and timewise). just get/make a new top.

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 09:44 PM

The best thing to do is

Remove the t-track and fill hole with a piece of wood 3/4’ x 3/8” x length and place another piece of MDF on top your damage table and laminate the new piece. To cut out the router plate opening before you glue up the new to the old one. Placing the old table on top of new one and trace out the cut. Use a trim bit with a bearing to make your opening.

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 09:48 PM

I would salvage it this way:

I’d cut the offending section off just north of the T track.

Lay up a new piece and attach it flush as you can, using additional support underneath as you think you need.

Rout a new dado for the T track (using your router ta…oops.) right down the center of the joint and you’re back in business.



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#5 posted 10-07-2011 09:56 PM

Replace the top with a new piece of laminate. I made my top with 2 pcs. of sink cut-out from a local cabinet shop. Glued ‘em back-to-back, routed the track grooves, etc.
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#6 posted 10-07-2011 09:59 PM

I’d go the route Lee suggested. For sure you won’t be out much except some time. Can’t see where it would be a big deal.

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 10:38 PM

Go to a cabinet shop and get a piece of scrap countertop for practically nothing. I have three sink cut-outs for future projects- cost is $0! Cabinet shop tosses them in the dumpster.

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 10:44 PM

Making a new one would be easier than your repair. And you’d be proud of it. Use the T-track off the old one.

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 11:04 PM

1+ on GrayPR comment. Keep the fence and the miter track and make a new top. Lowe’s has some nice laminate for $35

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 11:21 PM

You can get a bottle of Lacquer Thinner and use it to cut the contact cement that holds down the laminate. Sand or plane the base material flat and go to a cabinet shop. Pick up a scrap piece big enough to cover the old one, trim it on a table saw, glue it down and finish trim it with a file.

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#11 posted 10-08-2011 09:32 PM

The “worst situation” is your best bet. The core is MDF or particle board and it looks from the picture that it is damaged, not just the laminate. You can try removing the laminate and see how the sub strait looks. If not damaged, re-laminate it.

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#12 posted 10-10-2011 10:35 PM

Belt sand it and re-lam it done!

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