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Forum topic by bd1886 posted 07-11-2018 06:03 PM 396 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2018 06:03 PM

Hey all. Time for me to start planning for a future need with a nice router table. Took my first step getting a basic Rockler Mini Trim Router Table and? Have done a lot of work using it these last few days appreciating its small size and ability to get things done. (MDF w/vinyl covering, basic short fence, router plate, vac attachment and bit guard…..11” x 15” or so teamed up with a Dewalt DW611 Trim Router.) Gotta say, after using this? I will always have something like this (no matter how I grow into more advanced use of routers) and am planning on putting a phenolic skin on top, sealing up the exposed MDF with thinned resins, and re-enforcing how this little table clamps to the edge of a mobile bench top.

Question? What all would you consider in taking a full featured aluminum topped table, and improving “what’s there”? (I have everything as far as phenolic sheet, extruded aluminum and bits and pieces and think it would be fast and fun to massage something lesser into nice.) Appreciate your thoughts. Scott

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#1 posted 07-11-2018 06:40 PM

I would say use it as is until it no longer meets your needs or you need or want a full size table. Using your other materials you could build a full size, full featured table of your own design. Aluminum is OK for the top but you would have a bigger problem making the insert for the router. I would use plexiglass/acrylic that would set into a piece of plywood or MDF that would then be attached to the bottom of the aluminum. You will need some levelers that screw into the ply or MDF to adjust the plate to the table top. I would more likely use plywood for the entire top without the aluminum. It is just easier to cut out the insert and make attachments for the fence. Good luck either way you go.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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#2 posted 07-11-2018 11:44 PM

Thanks for your thoughts. Thinking I’ll just pick up a larger used table and work with it the way it is for now. Aluminum is being chosen because of exterior working conditions in a mobile shop being set up.

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