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Forum topic by Sparks500 posted 08-31-2018 01:18 PM 578 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2018 01:18 PM

Planning on moving my router table to the 52” tablesaw, and was wondering what would be the best material for the top. I can get either Baltic birch, which would be double layered, or 1” MDF with formica.
I have a base made from Norms plans that will be mounted under the tablesaw wing with the router.
I know, a separate table is preferred, but, I’m running out of room.

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#1 posted 08-31-2018 02:00 PM

I have a doubled up 3/4” MDF top with Formica on my router table, it is very stable and flat and has held up to years of abuse.

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 02:59 PM

I have “3/4 particle board covered with HPL and wrapped in cherry. completely stable

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 04:58 PM

I guess I should make clear, I have other reasons to make this change. My saw is an ancient Powermatic with a 52” Biesemeyer fence on it, and, years ago, I picked up a brand new t square fence to go with it for 30 bucks. So, I’m going to modify the extra fence to use with the router table. I have a track saw, so I really don’t need a 52” fence and I’m hoping they can coexist without interfering with each other.

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#4 posted 08-31-2018 05:05 PM

I’d go for the 1” MDF with formica, otherwise you’re gonna have to spend time coating the plywood with something.

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