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post #1 of 14 Old 02-12-2013, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Router table project

I just got a dewalt router, and am looking to build a router table for it. I priced some sheet goods yesterday, and MDF is going for $6.00 a sheet, as supposed to 3/4 plywood which is approximately $37 plus per sheet.

I was wondering if anyone has built a router table out of MDF before, and if the cheaper product would do the trick. Thanks in advance.
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for the table it self yes I did and it works great. top it off with plastic laminate and you have a great router table top.
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wow, I've never seen 3/4" mdf that cheap. Sure you were looking at the right tag? It's about $30/sheet around here
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That $6 price is a lot less than I've ever seen. Still, it's plenty stout for a cabinet, just be aware that sucker will be so heavy it will sit forever in it's spot unless you design in some kind of mobility.

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To be a bit more clear, the sheet is 3x4, not 4x8. And roger, it's $6.59 per sheet here in California.

I planned on adding a cabinet with some red oak face frame, along with solid rubber casters for mobility.
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wow, I've never seen 3/4" mdf that cheap. Sure you were looking at the right tag? It's about $30/sheet around here
I was thinking the same thing. Like 20 - 25$ here
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When I was military, they were throwing a desk away so I took the laminated top and made my router table top from it. It's 2" thick and heavy. I took all the drawer glides off also for my cabinet drawers. My router lift system is a jess'em and works great with the dewalt router. The lift raises the router well above the top plate for easy bit changing. I got my table plans from http://www.crestonwood.com/plans.php.
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That's still cheap. I just bought a 2'x4' sheet of 3/4 MDF for my router table the other day. $11.00. $33.00 for a full 4x8 sheet. The only plastic laminate I could find was a full sheet of white from Lowes for $45. HD doesn't carry it anymore. So instead, I bought a 4x8 sheet of slick coated 1/4" MDF (possibly "hardboard"?) for $12, that I cemented to the 3/4 MDF. It seems like a shinier version of melamine, but they didn't have any 3/4" melamine sheets wider than 18". I don't know how long the surface on the hardboard will last. It looks like it might wear off fairly quickly. Formica will definitely last longer.
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Almost used a particle board sheet with melamine laminate. It's in my small arsenal of particle board, but I hate working with it.
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I used a double thickness of 3/4 MDF. Rock solid stable and dampens vibration. Call around to companies who make custom countertops and ask if they have scrap laminate they could sell you for a router table top. Don't take the first one you find. I found one willing to sell me a couple of scrap pieces at retail. I found another that told me 10 bucks for the two pieces in the size I told him I needed. When I got there he gave me half a dozen pieces for that 10 bucks. I think he was running out of scrap storage space.

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Nice! Good idea, I know of one locally but he may charge my first born child being that the California economy is so bad
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I used a double thickness of 3/4 MDF. Rock solid stable and dampens vibration. Call around to companies who make custom countertops and ask if they have scrap laminate they could sell you for a router table top. Don't take the first one you find. I found one willing to sell me a couple of scrap pieces at retail. I found another that told me 10 bucks for the two pieces in the size I told him I needed. When I got there he gave me half a dozen pieces for that 10 bucks. I think he was running out of scrap storage space.
Ditto on above. But I got a 4x8 sheet of laminate on clearance from Lowes. I think it was around 20. Got lucky on that one!

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Nice! Good idea, I know of one locally but he may charge my first born child being that the California economy is so bad

If the price he gives you sounds high, ask him if California still has an inventory tax. Last I heard it was cheaper to throw things away than pay that tax.
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I'm at the end stages of having mine complete. Did as recommended and used two pieces of MDF and Formica. Just got to make face frames, drawers and trim it out. But it is functional now.

Here is the link to the thread I started.
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