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Hi all I just opend the box on my new router table top from woodcraft. Its a Pinnacle MDF top. I put a staight edge on the top to check for flatness after I assembled it to its base and I have a good 1/8th inch sag in the middle of the table before I put the router in it. Has any one else had this issue and if so is there a remidy? I sent a message to customer service but no reply so far. What to do??
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Have them send a new one. For that money, it should be dead flat.
Also, check your base to make sure it's flat. Shims might help it.

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You might be able to shim it up, but since it is fresh out of the box it shouldn't have any sag. Give them a hard time if customer service doesn't want to do you right.
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Hi all I just opend the box on my new router table top from woodcraft. Its a Pinnacle MDF top. I put a staight edge on the top to check for flatness after I assembled it to its base and I have a good 1/8th inch sag in the middle of the table before I put the router in it. Has any one else had this issue and if so is there a remidy? I sent a message to customer service but no reply so far. What to do??
The Pinnacle router table needs metal angle iron to keep the table flat. If it did not come with the table see if they are an add one.

Even with the sag the angle iron will pull it flat and stay flat.

I agree that brand new it should be flat, but making flat inlays 3/4" thick all the time. I know that from the time I ship out, to the client receiving the piece they can sag and warp.

It is not an issue. Place weight on the table on a floor, I use boxes of 18" floor tile, in a day or two it will be dead flat and than add the angle iron underneath.

You probably do not need to add weight and wait if it is only an 1/8" the angle Iron will probably pull it flat.

No matter what anyone says a bigger table like that even with double MDF and laminate on both sides can and will warp depending on several factors if no support underneath issued., The ones that do get tables that do not sag with no support are simply lucky.

Woodcraft sells metal just for this application, cheaper angle iron works as well if you can drill it.

Try the angle iron and my technique of flattening, it works every time.



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Hi kz202

I agree with Mike ,,pack it up and send it back,you should not to repair it in anyway..

You didn't buy a bow and arrow top , you don't want at add any angle iron, then you own it for good ,once you do that..if you have one error you may have others..

Just say thanks and no thanks I just want one that's true..from the get go..

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Go get a new one but add the angle iron or support, no matter what.

Bob nearly every table that size COMES WITH angle iron.

I know half a dozen guys have a Pinnacle table and they all warp. If he wants no warp that is how to fix it. If he does not I guarantee it warps within 6 months or less.

I am very familiar with these tables, have used them and know many that have them'

If you do not want to add angle iron to keep the table flat go with another brand, period. Or build a base which actually is the support,why so many guys never notice any warpage. Even the OP table is designed in a way to prevent the top from sagging. You can not have a free floating top that big and expect it to go through the seasons not warping.

The Woodpecker tables are the same exact thing and they come with the under table metal angle iron supports. I had three table no support on one, supports on two, guess which one warped?

All router tables need some kind of support. I believe the Pinnacle has none. None of the large Pinnacle tables I have seen have stayed flat.

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Thanks all for your input, the table came with 2 stiffeners that run front to back that are in place. Customer service emailed back yesterday and said they would send out longer (24inch) braces that will run side to side along the long axis of the table. I hope this works. Thanks for all the input ill post again after the fix.
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Hi all I just opend the box on my new router table top from woodcraft. Its a Pinnacle MDF top. I put a staight edge on the top to check for flatness after I assembled it to its base and I have a good 1/8th inch sag in the middle of the table before I put the router in it. Has any one else had this issue and if so is there a remidy? I sent a message to customer service but no reply so far. What to do??
Ok, heres where this issue stands so far. After a few emails and phone calls to the Techs at Woodcrafter and a Conversation with the folks at Woodpeckers(the MDF table top supplier), It looks like they will be sending me out a new table top. I was initialy sent new angle braces that were designed to fix the issue but they were a match for the braces that were already installed. Craig from Woodcrafter Tech support(great guy)is going to check the new table for flatness before it gets shipped, he assures me they will satisfy their customer. The folks at Woodpeckers tell me the table should be flat to an accuracy of 20 thousanths after assembly to the base. The saga continues! I hope the new table is a good one. Thanks once again for the input. TF
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Sorry, my bad, that was Woodcraft not Woodcrafters in the prior post. I need to get the ability to edit my messages.
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Sorry, my bad, that was Woodcraft not Woodcrafters in the prior post. I need to get the ability to edit my messages.
Just click on EDIT on the bottom of your post.

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