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!