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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-03-2008, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Possible router table tops & inserts

I have attached a couple of pictures and wondered if I could use these table tops as router table tops, especially the white table top? They look to be about 3/4" particle board with bracing. Also if I can use them should I somehow add additional bracing such as wood strips or angle iron? I have used a 1.5 HP router before in a table and intend to make or buy a table for a 3.25HP and 2.25HP router. If I do use these tops, as they are just lying around my shop, should I use the smaller router for the table as the 3/4" particle board may not have sufficient strength for a bigger beast? On another topic I have attached pictures of a set of three cutting boards that I picked up from BJ's for $15. They seem strong and would a piece make a good insert to mount to the router? Also as a final question as the bottom of the white table does not have laminate, to prevent possible moisture penetration what would you think of my spraying that insulating expanding foam on the surface. I know it is a wild and probably dumb idea, but it is just a thought as there are so many people here with good ideas.
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HI Mike

I don't see why not but forget the angle iron, just use some wood..

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I have attached a couple of pictures and wondered if I could use these table tops as router table tops, especially the white table top? They look to be about 3/4" particle board with bracing. Also if I can use them should I somehow add additional bracing such as wood strips or angle iron? I have used a 1.5 HP router before in a table and intend to make or buy a table for a 3.25HP and 2.25HP router. If I do use these tops, as they are just lying around my shop, should I use the smaller router for the table as the 3/4" particle board may not have sufficient strength for a bigger beast? On another topic I have attached pictures of a set of three cutting boards that I picked up from BJ's for $15. They seem strong and would a piece make a good insert to mount to the router? Also as a final question as the bottom of the white table does not have laminate, to prevent possible moisture penetration what would you think of my spraying that insulating expanding foam on the surface. I know it is a wild and probably dumb idea, but it is just a thought as there are so many people here with good ideas.

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Thanks Bob. Should I be concerned about putting a big router on something which lacks heft? Should I be concerned about moisture penetration on the bottom and do you have recommendations about steps I could take to protect it?
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Hi Mike

Bracing is the key (web bracing ) if you have moisture concern just coat the inside with shellac ...it's a great sealer

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Another "bright" idea is what about a solid core door as a table top9obviously cut to smaller and more appropriate dimensions)?
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HI Mike

I think I would pass on the door, most are just pine sticks/boards glued up and cover with some veneer ...the norm...

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I dont think that the cutting boards would be ridged enough. That kind of plastic will creep (sag, warp do to weight, etc,).
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I dont think that the cutting boards would be ridged enough. That kind of plastic will creep (sag, warp do to weight, etc,).
I agree. It won't work well for a router plate, but there are lots of other uses for it around the shop. Here is a shot of the dado insert I made for my table saw using a cutting board my wife said she no longer needed...really. It cuts easily. I just ripped the width with the TS, then used my band saw to cut the curved ends. I tried the scroll saw first, but the blade heats up and being so narrow, the stock just welds itself back shut behind the cut. The band saw works great though. I imagine a jigsaw would do as well if you didn't have a band saw. Then I just drilled the hole and countersunk it for the flat head machine screw from the table saw. It works great! Nice and slick so stock glides over it well. I just put together my widest dado set, put the insert in with the fence over the edge of it so it wouldn't pop up, fired up the saw and slowly raised the dado blade until I had it as high as I wanted it. Viola! The insert Home Depot wanted $35 for was free (to me anyway). The other piece will eventually become a zero clearance insert for cutting thin strips for covering plywood edges, etc.

If you got that whole set for $15, you can make lots of stuff. I'm thinking it would work for router sleds for one thing...to keep this router oriented.
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I disagree, it works well for router plates and the price is always right.. I got 3 of the big ones from Target.. I used one on the drill press and the other two are going to be used in the router tables.

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I disagree, it works well for router plates and the price is always right.. I got 3 of the big ones from Target.. I used one on the drill press and the other two are going to be used in the router tables.

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The stuff seems kind of bendy to me. Maybe it's got enough spring to it not to sag. I can't argue with success. Have you used them for plates yet, Bob, or are you just planning to?
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