Almost done designing my table...
Okay, so it's time for a dedicated routing station. I'm designing my own, but basically it's my version of Norm's table. There's enough pictures floating around out there I've been able to come up with my own design.
First of all, I'm raising it about 6" for my back (I'm tall) which gives more drawer space.
My question is about the top. Most people seem to be laminating two sheets of 3/4 stock and then covering with hardboard or laminate, etc. My concern is sagging over time, esp if I ever get a big heavy router (just a little 1 3/4 PC for now).
I'm tempted to build a torsion box, with a large space in the middle for the router. There's two reasons really, one is that the 2" webbing will directly support the router plate, and the other is that I want to build a torsion box for my assembly table, and I thought a smaller box would give me good practice before I take on a big 4'x6' bench. Plus I get a more rigid top that should reduce warping over time.
So I'm thinking 1/2 MDF for the skins and 2" strips of 3/4 ply for the webbing. Then a 3/4 melamine covered particleboard/plywood sheet for the actual top with T-tracks, etc.
My other thought, is I think I want to screw the top layer onto the torsion box, that way I can replace the top surface over time as it gets beat up. It's not as pretty with countersunk bolts on top, but if I'm going to put a good bit of time into the top, why not incorporate the ability to maintain it over time. That also gives me the ability to modify the top if I get a different router plate/lift over time. For now, I'm making my own out of 3/8 polycarb, it's easiest on the wallet seeing as how I'm about to buy a cabinet saw. It's served me well in the past. No money for a fancy lift at this point.
I'm almost done with the sketchup model, I'll post pics when I get there.