Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eastern Kentucky
Cheap router table insert
Any of you all ever made a cheap router table insert? I guess this might be cutting corners and might not even be a good idea but I'm wondering if there are any common materials out there that work well enough to get by as an insert.
I'll even embarrass myself and say that I saw some 3/8 inch thick, plastic cutting boards at Harbor Freight the other day, and remembered reading that these can make good template blanks for routing patterns to be used again and again, and then I wondered if they might not work as an insert. I figured they'd be too weak but since they felt so stiff I wasn't sure.
So now I want to make a router table from MDF and double up the top to be 1.5 inches thick. This would make bit changing below the table a chore so I figured I'd need an insert to let me lift it up. I could just do MDF. Is that good enough? Any swelling issues that might make getting it out a problem? Would taking it in and out wear the edges out and cause problems?
Last edited by Duane Bledsoe; 01-02-2013 at 10:34 PM.