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Building my own router table, What is the best material for a router table top
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Probably 5/8" cast & ground steel with a .005" Teflon coating.
What might otherwise be ok? Watco soaked MDF.
Key here is to support whatever slab with stretchers all in the same plane.
Some assembly tips.
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Don't know if it's the best but I glued 2 sheets of MDF.together then laminated top, bottom & sides. It has been working good for me so far but just started on my first project with my first table.

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There is no "one best" material for a router table.

Many methods work. (Baltic Birch ply, MDF, Aluminum, steel)

As Pat said, make sure that the table is well supported. Or thick enough to resist sagging.

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welcome aboard,,as jw said...many materials for almost any budget will work, but support/strength etc is key....enjoy the forums..

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Probably 5/8" cast & ground steel with a .005" Teflon coating.
What might otherwise be ok? Watco soaked MDF.
Key here is to support whatever slab with stretchers all in the same plane.
Some assembly tips.

Hi Pat. Some one raised the issue the other day, and I checked your book, but could not tell..

Is your router base simply screwed to the table or is there a slight insert to lessen the table depth?

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7518 with > 4" of motor travel, in my view, is not handicapped by a thick router table top.
Mine, screwed directly to the top, aids in stiffening, right where it's needed too.
No inserts no nothing, just the 4 5/16-18's.
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Thanks, Pat. 4" of travel does make a difference...

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