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That is called ''nick sensitive''...
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Well, I guess I'll mark this up as just another hair brained scheme! It was a nice idea while it lasted!

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I must have been very lucky over many years Paul because I have for MANY years believed in "one speed suits everything" That has applied to my bench drill, milling machine and metal lathe and to a lesser extent my wood lathe. Being in a rush to complete projects is no doubt the reason for this. Fortunately my projects seem to work out just fine.
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"over time it can develop tiny cracks near the edge."

Once again I must have been very lucky in not coming across such a problem overtime.

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It's nice to be able to see through a router base, but in most cases it isn't really necessary. When I needed an over size base for a special project I made a large router base from 12 mm Baltic Birch Plywood. It served the need very well. I still have the base hanging on the wall, but I don't remember much about the project. It was for a flattening step for a firewood conversion project about 20 years ago. Back then I used quite a few pieces of re-purposed firewood to make some projects.

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That plastic still has uses Jack as in a router bit guard or a guard for a crosscut sled, etc.
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That plastic still has uses Jack as in a router bit guard or a guard for a crosscut sled, etc.
Sure, I wasn't going to trash it, I just need to switch gears. SOP!
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Here Jack is an old project showing how I made an illuminated router base.
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"over time it can develop tiny cracks near the edge."

Once again I must have been very lucky in not coming across such a problem overtime.
Especially when we weren't too busy, we made OPEN signs for in store windows. They were a very basic plexi box, two chains, transformer and neon letters. Because they were in windows, maybe the heat or UV contributed to the problem. It didn't happen all the time but we found that some signs would get that 'crazing' in the edge. Buffing takes longer, so if the boss didn't think it was worthwhile he would have avoided that, especially because those open signs were our cheapest product. After we switched to buffing we never saw the problem again. Another way of cleaning the edges was sanding and then wetting the edge (only) with methylene but they stopped doing that too.

Tip: If you're trying to distinguish acrylic (what we called plexi) from polycarbonate (aka lexan) the edge of lexan looks black, the plexi looks white. You can see that easily in your photos, Harry. The top 2 pics are plexi the bottom is lexan. I've mentioned this before but you've illustrated it.

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Help needed to laminate Lexan, (polycarbonate). I acquired a used router with no base, no problem! I thought I'd just pick up some Lexan at the hardware store and make one. Mmm, not so. They have some but only in very thin sheets. I will need to laminate 2 or 3 sheets to get it to a thickness that I can use to counter sink the screws that hold it on. I DID get a great deal on a scrap large enough to make 3 complete bases, $5! So I need to laminate a couple of 6"x 6" sheets. Has anyone done this? What glue/chemical/solution have you used?
I'd recommend using clear cast acrylic instead
  • Clear so you can see the router bit
  • Cast instead of extruded because cast won't have any internal stresses and will remain flat!
  • 3/8" for a plunge base
  • 1/2" for an offset base

freckleface.com is my source.

I think laminating thin sheets is asking for trouble, way more than the material cost.
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