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I recently acquired two pieces of 3/4" phenolic 30"x 40". I want to make
a top for a router table which i made. My problem being i have never routed
any plastic or phenolic, lots of wood, but no phenolic. I want to route out
the center to accept a router plate and i'm thinking this will have to be exact,
right on, as in almost perfect. Any suggestions or ideas on how to go about
this ? Thanks in advance, Logan
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I've done thin stuff no problem. Though, I have heard that it dulls cutters pretty fast. The dust is nasty, have good collection and use a respirator.

I would first cut the opening with a jig saw and try to leave no more than 1/4" to the router. I assume you will be using a template.
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Phenolic routers very well but as stated above is hard on the cutter.
Phil is correct , remove excess material first if you can
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I recently acquired two pieces of 3/4" phenolic 30"x 40". I want to make
a top for a router table which i made. My problem being i have never routed
any plastic or phenolic, lots of wood, but no phenolic. I want to route out
the center to accept a router plate and i'm thinking this will have to be exact,
right on, as in almost perfect. Any suggestions or ideas on how to go about
this ? Thanks in advance, Logan
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Once you have decided on a router and lift\plate that supports it, I would use the recommended template and router bit by that lift\plate supplier.

Cutting out the excess with a jig saw is a good plan too, as others have suggested.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

Not even gonna ask who you had to kill for those two large sheets of phenolic!!!!


Just remember what my father always said, " Half the people in this world are below average!", and everything in life will make a hellova lot more sense.
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