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Hi everyone, I'm absolutely a novice and just enter the woodworking world. this is even my 1st post in the Router Forum.

I'm trying to build my first router table but with no clue about what's kind of material I should use for the worktop. Can anyone give me any suggestions on that. Price is a major concern for me indeed. and I also noticed the truth that most of the router-table plans employ the base plate, can I simply bypass it and directly attach my router to the worktop? or if I DO need one, what could be the best material for the base plates? I can only get them from either HD or Lowes.

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I use 2 sheets of 3/4 MDF. 2 sheets of 1/4 hardboard. Glue 2 sheets of 3/4 MDF together and glue the 1/4 hardboard on top and bottom. Then laniment top and bottom also.
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HI majn555

It can be PLywood or just about anything you want to use
But MDF works best because it's flat the norm..it can be just one piece thick (3/4" ) it comes down to how big the top is going to be..

The bigger the top the more you will need to keep it flat, like most things the 4 supports on each side on the board will support the weight..
You can add to the thickest to the cabinet sides to help support the top.
Just by building a small frame inside the cabinet to help .

You don't need a drop in plate BUT it makes it easy to mount your router, you can mount the router to the board But it will limited the height of your router bit by 3/4" the norm...and that can be a big deal you don't want to rout out a pocket to put the router in , it takes a lot away from the top support wise..

So the bottom line is pickup a base plate they are cheap only 20 bucks.
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Hi everyone, I'm absolutely a novice and just enter the woodworking world. this is even my 1st post in the Router Forum.

I'm trying to build my first router table but with no clue about what's kind of material I should use for the worktop. Can anyone give me any suggestions on that. Price is a major concern for me indeed. and I also noticed the truth that most of the router-table plans employ the base plate, can I simply bypass it and directly attach my router to the worktop? or if I DO need one, what could be the best material for the base plates? I can only get them from either HD or Lowes.

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Johnny,
Once you get your base plate... here's just one way to install it:

http://www.binkyswoodworking.com/InstalRoutBase.html

You might want to do some browsing here before you get too involved with your table. There is a ton of information available and you may find some things you want to use on your new table. Just use the Router Forums search function at the top of this page and you will find more info than you will ever need.
Good luck with your project.

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I set 1X5 around the base with the 2 long sides equal to the length of the table, (for clampage) and glued the corners, leave the base plate in the jig while it cooks over night.
Place and center the jig where you want it on the table and clamp it. Stick a straight template bit with top bearing into the router bit diameter must equal the radius of the base plate corner. Bit needs to be long enough to cut through table top and bore a hole somewhere close to the edge of the template to drop the bit through. Route in 1/4" deep passes till fall through.
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The best material for a router table top is 3/4" baltic birch plywood. This should be covered both sides with a high pressure laminate like Formica or Laminex. This top will be very strong, light weight, and easy to work with. The router workshop table top is made this way, and you can purchse just the table top and mount it to your own base. This gives you the advantage of a high quality phenolic plastic plate which will fit your router.

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Hi majn555

So many make a easy job so hard

Bob R. & Rick R. of the RWS did show every one how to do this type of job and do it easy and quick..
Bob R. calls this the stick way, and it is the easy way to get the job done,he will use the brass guides the norm but the pattern bit will do it just a bit essayer on the 1st. pass ..

Pattern/Flush Trim Bits

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...n_flush_anchor
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http://cgi.ebay.com/3-pc-1-4-SH-Top-...742.m153.l1262

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Hi everyone, I'm absolutely a novice and just enter the woodworking world. this is even my 1st post in the Router Forum.

I'm trying to build my first router table but with no clue about what's kind of material I should use for the worktop. Can anyone give me any suggestions on that. Price is a major concern for me indeed. and I also noticed the truth that most of the router-table plans employ the base plate, can I simply bypass it and directly attach my router to the worktop? or if I DO need one, what could be the best material for the base plates? I can only get them from either HD or Lowes.

Thanks,
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This should be covered both sides with a high pressure laminate like Formica or Laminex.
I have heard this said often. But why *both*sides? What is the purpose of the laminate on the underside of the table top?
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I have heard this said often. But why *both*sides? What is the purpose of the laminate on the underside of the table top?
It is to control moisture. If the table absorbs or dissipates moisture faster on one side than the other it will warp, twist, bow or all three. It is also recommended to put edging on the table for the same reason.

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thank you all for replying so fast, this is such a great place to learn and practice. For now I may just go for the MDF, while keeping an eye on the professional table top. as I gain more experience, then I will finally invest my money.
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