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Forum topic by MrBigHug posted 01-23-2015 10:06 PM 823 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2015 10:06 PM

Hello everyone,

I just picked up a grizzly router table (my first table). After I put it together I noticed that the fence that came with it is laminated on two sides with melamine but the other surfaces are bare MDF, because this will live in my garage in Ohio, I feel like I need to seal the edges with something. I was thinking clear poly, but thought I would ask the experts.


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#1 posted 01-23-2015 10:18 PM

See this thread –

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 10:59 PM

Just put some shellac on the edges. I’ll bet that that will last a long time.


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#3 posted 01-24-2015 12:28 AM

Well glue water seems to be my product of choice. As I have much wood glue and plenty of water and don’t care what it looks like. Thanks for the advice everyone. Hopefully I can show you some nice routed crown molding soon!

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 12:57 AM

+1 on wood glue, slightly watered down. I made a rocking Jeep (instead of rocking horse) for my grandson for Christmas and it was primarily MDF. All edges were coated with the glue and they looked great.


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#5 posted 01-24-2015 01:05 AM

just about any sealer will do what your after Glue , Poly but I would probably go with shellac-but thats because I always have a couple of quarts that need used up any way

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