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Forum topic by Eric posted 12-06-2011 03:15 PM 1772 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2011 03:15 PM

Getting ready to build the router table.
First question, what would you build the top from? Have read MDF to 3/4” baltic birch as a choice. Sandwiched with high pressure laminate. Any thoughts or experiences?

Cabinet base will be 13 ply, 3/4” baltic birch. I always have a few sheets on hand.


-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 04:54 PM

Here is how I would “build” the top.

In fact, that is how I “built” my top. It will cost a little more than building your own, but you will have a great top and you will save a lot of time and possible frustration.

It is a thick top and you know it will stay flat. That micro dot laminate is great. The wood slides very smoothly on it.

The cutout for the router plate is very precise. When I made my own top earlier I had a lot of frustration getting the cutout to be just right.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 03:59 AM

Your budget and skills should drive your decision. Both mdf and Baltic birch are good choices, a plastic laminate top works well. I started with the rockler table, and it served me well for years. The last poster pointed to another type that looks good as well.

My skills have improved over the years, taking on bigger, more complex projects. I built my own router station stealing a lot of ideas from this site, and many others. My table is extra large 24” x 48” and 1 1/2” thick, doubled up mfd, banded with hardwood and topped with plastic laminate. The fence and miter slot done with t-track. I could have done a better job with dust collection, so a version 2 of my fence will follow sometime soon.

The router station is used in most of my projects, so I invested appropriately.

Hope your build goes well and that you are satisfied with you choices.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 04:17 AM

I sandwiched two layers of 3/4” MDF between Formica for my offset router table.

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