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Forum topic by jleiwig posted 04-13-2009 05:01 PM 883 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2009 05:01 PM

Getting ready to build a top for a portable router table this coming weekend. I was at first planning on MDO and painting the surface, but got to thinking of just using the white laminated particle board from HD or Lowes. I was wondering if regular wood working glue would bond two sheets together?

I’ve heard of the Roo glue, but I want this done this coming weekend with stuff I could pick up locally in the next day or two.

-- I intend to live forever, or die trying..........Justin, Ohio

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 05:14 PM

I’m sure it would work, although contact cement might be better. If you use woodworking glue, just be sure the pieces are well-clamped so cthat both surfaces are contacting each other fully.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-14-2009 04:27 PM

Thanks…I had never thought of the contact cement. I do have some dap contact cement I could use. Maybe I’ll luck out and they will have a damaged sheet of laminate for sale cheap.

-- I intend to live forever, or die trying..........Justin, Ohio

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#3 posted 04-14-2009 04:32 PM

Scuff sand the glueing surface, get rid of any dust, use polyurthane glue and you should be fine. Contact cement should work fine two, but you will still need to scuff sand the glueing surface.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#4 posted 04-14-2009 05:10 PM

I’m not sure that attempting to glue two sheets of laminated particle board is the way to go, I doubt that it would glue up very well, plus the laminate is pretty thin, and probably wouldn’t wear very well or standup to much use. What I used was a piece of office cubicle desktop, it’s 1 1/4 thick MDF, allready formicaed on two sides with rubber edgeing.

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#5 posted 04-14-2009 06:24 PM

I think everyone has good suggestions for you. But if you can put your hands on the material that Woodchuck1957 recommends, that would certainly be the way to go. Much better surface and not much prep at all. When I’m out driving somewhere, in between dodging the idiots that can’t drive looking for crazy kids on skate boards (not all kids on skate boards are crazy), I try to keep my eyes open for good stuff like that.

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#6 posted 04-15-2009 03:27 AM

Woodchuck is right on. 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 is needed to prevent sagging over time. Also depends on the weight of the router and size of the supports underneath. A great place to find this stuff cheap are those second hand resale stores or habitat re-stores. The formica is much tougher than high pressure paper laminate.
Best of luck and be real careful recessing the router plate.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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