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Re: What is the best material to make a table top?
Reply #2 - May 23rd, 2012, 4:28pm
 
woodsmith wrote on May 22nd, 2012, 6:03pm:
MDF is probably your best bet, an 8x4 sheet of 25mm is very heavy but you could get a sheet of 18mm and double it up to give you 36mm?

A router table needs to be dead flat so if you are going to laminate it ideally it needs to be done both sides to keep the top in tension.

I would fit a plate too, the router will put a lot of stress on any fixings which could be a problem with MDF.

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Re: What is the best material to make a table top?
Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2012, 6:03pm
 
MDF is probably your best bet, an 8x4 sheet of 25mm is very heavy but you could get a sheet of 18mm and double it up to give you 36mm?

A router table needs to be dead flat so if you are going to laminate it ideally it needs to be done both sides to keep the top in tension.

I would fit a plate too, the router will put a lot of stress on any fixings which could be a problem with MDF.
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What is the best material to make a table top?
May 22nd, 2012, 3:58pm
 
i have read to use mdf 25mm and laminate the top, 18mm marine ply also the sink cut out of a kitchen worktop, this top will need to have a T track fitted into it for a mitre gauge and was going to bolt the router underneath without using a plate, i would then get an extension for the collet to get the bit to the right height.
thanks in advance and open to critisism
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