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Mrphiltx

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01-22-2021 08:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router tablesaw finishing diy router table

I’ve made a router table out of baltic birch to fit to my table saw. I have the router lift insert fitted, and I’m ignoring the gaps where my template guides moved unexpectedly.

My question is, what finish should I put on the top? I’m leaning towards just using paste wax, but wanted to see what other options people suggested and why. (Photos to come – I forgot to take them last night)


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#1 posted 01-23-2021 02:52 AM

You could get a piece of Formica and lay it on there

-- It was too perfect. It looked machine made- Ron Swanson

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#2 posted 01-23-2021 04:38 AM


My question is, what finish should I put on the top? I m leaning towards just using paste wax, but wanted to see what other options people suggested and why. (Photos to come – I forgot to take them last night)

- Mrphiltx

I started out with a plywood top in the right wing. I sanded it with 320 grit
, straight to it skipping 180 and 220. was a clean sheet and I did not want to go through the veneer.
Then I used some Danish oil that I lightly wet sanded with the 320. and finally some paste wax.
Held up very well. I have since gone to a cast iron wing on the left side. Which fits my shop set up better.

-- John

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#3 posted 01-23-2021 07:42 AM

I would have used a formica top surface. Easiest to say is whatever you can get for a flat surface, and a smooth enough surface to slide the piece your routing. Your don’t want a surface that could grab or drag the piece your routing. I you use your baltic birch, plenty of finishing wax. you may have to rewax it once and a while.

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#4 posted 01-23-2021 08:32 AM



You could get a piece of Formica and lay it on there

- Briman

Nice idea this

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JIMMIEM

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#5 posted 01-23-2021 01:56 PM

How about polyurethane. My router table top is mdf. Polyurethane gives it a smooth tough surface and the pieces being routed slide easily on the poly. Occasionally when I’m applying polyurethane to a project I give the router table top another thin coat.

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Mrphiltx

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#6 posted 01-23-2021 02:19 PM

Since I already have the table top together, it’s too late for formica. That would make it taller than the table saw top.

JIMMIEM: do you have any trouble with the poly coming up or chipping or anything?

bigJohninvegas: that’s what I’ve been thinking about – did it hold up well?

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JIMMIEM

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#7 posted 01-23-2021 03:39 PM



Since I already have the table top together, it s too late for formica. That would make it taller than the table saw top.

JIMMIEM: do you have any trouble with the poly coming up or chipping or anything?

bigJohninvegas: that s what I ve been thinking about – did it hold up well?

- Mrphiltx


No problem with the poly. It doesn’t chip. It creates a tough smooth surface and will self-level when applied. It’s one of the finishes used on hardwood flooring. My router table is in my basement located under the kitchen. The dishwasher leaked and water landed on the router table surface….the water just beaded up on the poly.

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iminmyshop

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#8 posted 01-23-2021 04:14 PM

Another vote for the plastic laminate top. It provides a smooth surface to move wood across. I also apply wax to the surface along the fence – the same kind of wax you can apply to the bottom of your planes, saw table, jointer table etc. to help wood glide.

-- http://www.alansfinewoodworking.com/

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#9 posted 01-23-2021 04:44 PM

Paste wax works great, it just doesn’t last very long. Given your lack of room for a laminate, I’d vote for the poly, then wax. The wax will hold up longer with the poly base.

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#10 posted 01-23-2021 11:25 PM



Since I already have the table top together, it s too late for formica.

bigJohninvegas: that s what I ve been thinking about – did it hold up well?

- Mrphiltx

It has held up very well. I only used a couple of coats of Danish oil, and a single coat of wax. This version was done when I added the 52” Beisemeyer Fence. And I used this as my router table for almost two years. And never added any more wax. And had basically the same table in the stock 36” fence that came with my saw. Used it for 3 years. The ply wood worked great, and was plenty smooth/slick. Nothing ever hung up on it.
My issue was adding the 52” fence, and my shop set up. I now have a cast iron wing in the left side. But it was all about shop set up. Ply wood was fine.

-- John

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