Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'formica'

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Table Saw Modifications #5: Router Table Enclosure: Part 2 - Laminate

04-14-2017 01:31 PM by TrentDavis | 0 comments »

This is Part 2 of a tutorial for building an enclosure for the router lift I added to the extension table on a SawStop table saw. Check it out here:

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Ipe & maple mallet #3: Burning lines with Formica

03-14-2014 05:18 AM by Woodknack | 7 comments »

There was a lot of interest in this part so I’m adding another blog entry. In the past I’ve used guitar string: burns nicely but abrades the line so it isn’t very dark; bailing wire: gets too hot and scorches the wood around the line and leaves a heavy carbon deposit that can flake off; and even copper wire: conducts heat so efficiently that it doesn’t work. Then awhile back Captain Eddie mentioned burning lines with plastic laminate (Formica). So I stopped by th...

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Norm Abram Router Table #2: Finishing Up

10-30-2013 04:44 PM by Litrenta | 4 comments »

Well it’s been quite a while since I wrote an entry for this but I figured I would share the finished product. I hadn’t needed to use my router throughout the summer on most of the projects I was working on so it basically sat as a cabinet with a top that housed my miter saw. When I built my tapering jig though it came down to me needing to finish this up so that it could be put to good use. I positioned the router plate exactly where I needed it and then cut some pieces of MDF...

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Norm Abram Router Table #1: Cabinet & Top

05-06-2013 04:59 PM by Litrenta | 7 comments »

I’ve been wanting to build a new router table for a while now ever since I got rid of my old one. I’ve always like the Norm Abram style router table, I just needed some time to build one. Since the weather is getting nicer and it’s not below freezing up here anymore, I finally got a chance to start this. I used the plans that were available at: They were a good set of plans to start with and best of all they were free! I’ve comp...

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Router Table Extension Wing #6: Delaminating Laminate

02-14-2011 05:48 AM by HungryTermite | 3 comments »

This weekend I decided to work on my workbench a bit so I put this project to the side for a while. While I was out working I took a really close look at the laminate and noticed that it is starting to debond at the edges! I have no idea why this is happening or if it will stop. I put the top on a flat surface and piled up as much weight as I coudl find on top to try to press the laminate down. The final cure time on the contact cement is supposed to be 7 days and I made the top 7 days ag...

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Router Table Extension Wing #3: Adding some laminate

02-06-2011 06:03 PM by HungryTermite | 1 comment »

The top came out pretty flat. I trimmed it to size on the table saw and I realized it’s time to make a panel sled! The sides of the top are not perfectly square but they don’t really need to be for this project, however, I am going to build a sled before the next project that uses panels this size so I can cut them accurately. I cut the top undersized so I could add some maple edges. The edge is cut from 3/4” thick boards and after they are bonded on, the top will be sli...

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Shop evolution #1: Making room for the bench...

05-31-2008 08:15 AM by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

So as my work (and obsession) has turned more towards hand tools, and my recent reading of Chris Schwarz’s workbench book, I decided to make some shop adjustments to make room for a nice Roubo bench in my near future. I you look at my shop phots you will see a long L shaped counter top with a corner desk. While this has provide a lot of work space, the rooke mistake was in my using really wet construction grade lumber that proceeded to warp and twist out of control over the seasons. ...

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