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Hello, everyone.

I'm new to both woodworking and these forums. I come from a small town in Texas called Azle. It's a little northwest of Ft. Worth. Anyway, I'm currently a full-time college student majoring in Psychology, and I've decided to pick up a new hobby that I've always been interested in: Woodworking. I have a somewhat extensive history with automotive mechanics and computer building/repair/programming, so you know I have a sharp mind and can think logically.

I have limited shop room, but I want to build a router table.
My first question for you all is if some doubled-up, glued-together 3/4" birch veneer plywood at Lowe's or Home Depot will be strong enough to act as the table top. The reviews on that site claim the wood is full of voids, which is discouraging, but so is the fact that I can't seem to locate a decent lumber yard around here. I've read several places that suggest laminating both sides, which I will do.

I've chosen the drop-in base plate I want to use: Rousseau 3509 Deluxe. I purchased a PC8902 with a fixed base at a pawn shop (didn't come with a plunge base, but that's fine for now). I also bought a 25-piece router bit set by Ryobi to get me started (from the same pawn shop). Haha, I even got a small PC Brad Nailer with 5/8" to 1-1/4" range. The original intent was to build an entertainment center, pretty much. I have access to a 9" band saw and a really lame 10" table saw. I also have access to countless numbers of drills, circular saws, air tools, and everything except a good, clean work surface. Let's face it - I'll be working out of a mechanic shop.

Anyway, that's my introduction and some rambling. If you can help or want to know more, feel free to respond to this post. Thanks so much for your help!

-Michael
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Double 3/4 will work fine, glue and screw


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Hi! Welcome to the fourms! Congrat's of your new found hobby! As far as a problem of locating a decent lumber yard, I don't think your looking hard enough. You're just north of DFW, one of the biggest metropolitan areas of our country, about 7 million people. So, the picking's are far from slim. Start searching, I think you'll be overwhelmed of what you find!

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Check out Hardwood Lumber in North Dallas. Great selection of hardwoods. Hardwoodlumber.com

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welcome to the site, im new here to. I built a router table about 5 or 6 years ago, and i used some scrap pieces i had laying about of MDF is has a real good slick finish and runs trim through smoothly, but however don't do what i did , leave it in a spot where it could get rained on or leaked on, mdf swells like a big dog, and my whole table is trash now, but it was just all shop material laying around, and come to find out i would hardly ever use it anyways, good luck
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Cool

Thank you all for the welcome. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond.

As it turns out, we have some countertop material stored in one of our sheds that I'll be using for now. I found an old table with solid wood legs and a destroyed particle board top. I've torn the old top off and mounted some supports to strengthen the frame. I just need to get the top out and cut it to size to mount it. Being my first table, cheap (practically free) is a good feature. I'll build a fancy cabinet later when I have more space.

With this 108 degree weather, it's been difficult to find the motivation to go out and get it done. Haha.

-Michael

P.S. Dogiedad, I think you may have meant http://www.hlcdallas.com/index.php as your link. The URL you posted went to a company in PA. Thank you for the name of the company though. I'm going to try finding a resource closer to me, but I may end up having to use that company.

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Remember how I wrote that I was going to use a piece of countertop? Well, guess what.. It's laminated particleboard (was hoping it was at least MDF), and part of it got wet - a part vital to the creation of a router table top. I guess that idea's out. Lol. Then again, it's all I have. I might be able to make it work if I take out some of the swelled up chips and reinforce the bottom even more using the stuff I have laying around. Since it's laminated, it should be fairly flat on the top still. I'll look at it tomorrow when there's more light.

...I'll likely buy some plywood to glue together to make my own top.
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Welcome!

From the things you've done, it seems that you aren't totally new. I think you're quite skilled.

About the top of router table, I prefer MDF and hardboard rather than plywood. The reason is they're more flat.

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Thank you for the tip and compliment. I may go that route. I had forgotten about MDF being a great choice due to its straightness when I posted that last night.

Would it do any good to laminate both sides of the MDF or other sheet material before gluing them together, or is that just excessive and mostly pointless? Basically, it would just be two pieces of laminate glued together in the middle. I haven't seen this anywhere online (I've been looking at lots of ideas), so it's probably not necessary.

As for being skilled, I've done some projects in the past, but I've never considered it a hobby where I had my own tools (except when I built things out of balsa wood as a kid using Xacto knives and hot glue... and motors mwuahaha!).

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For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
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Would it do any good to laminate both sides of the MDF or other sheet material before gluing them together,

Glue and screw both pieces, then laminate all sides.

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