|Forum topic by JustSomeGuy83||posted 03-31-2014 09:32 PM||893 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-31-2014 09:32 PM
Hello all. I have purchased my first router and I want to make a table for it.
My idea is to get a desk and turn it into one. I recently picked up a free desk off Craigslist. It is kind of vintage and the top is made of 1×4s, so I really don’t want to use it as the top. Amazingly, the top is on a gliding system that slides right off. My next step is top choice and insert plate. The top dictates the plate in my case. I was thinking I would use a cutting board I have (white polyurethane, super sturdy) as the plate. But I’m afraid that if I use MDF, that it wouldn’t be strong enough to hold the router and plate once I’ve routed out the space for the cutting board. Does that sound like a good assumption?
Honestly, using MDF kind of makes me nervous, it just seems like it will crumble. But if I found a strong piece of metal thin enough, I think it could work. I just don’t know what else I could use for the plate. The mounting plate they use for the router displays at Home Depot would actually be perfect, but I out of the 3 associates that I spoke with, none of them would walk over with me to so I could show them. They just said it “wasn’t their department”. So I gave up.
Should I just bite the bullet by paying the extra money and use cabinet grade plywood? I trust that would hold even after a thick section of it would be routed out. But obviously the least expensive route is more desirable if possible.
I’m new to any type of woodworking so any advice is appreciated. I intend on posting pics of the finished product when it’s all said and done.
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