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Question Counter top for a R/T?

I want to build a router table and feel that the top will dictate size, style and so on.

I have new counter top (sink cutouts) available for zero cost.
The largest router I am going to mount in this table is my Triton tr001.
I plan to use the same table to swap other routers in and out by using router plates of the same size.

OK - here is the question, does anyone think that the counter top is stout enough to support the triton?
If the strength of the one inch thick counter top (made of particle board) appears to be a problem I plan on increasing the strength by adding a few angle iron supports.

I would appreciate anyones opinion.

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Jim; i guess that answerd my question in your introduction, re which router!
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I want to build a router table and feel that the top will dictate size, style and so on.

I have new counter top (sink cutouts) available for zero cost.
The largest router I am going to mount in this table is my Triton tr001.
I plan to use the same table to swap other routers in and out by using router plates of the same size.

OK - here is the question, does anyone think that the counter top is stout enough to support the triton?
If the strength of the one inch thick counter top (made of particle board) appears to be a problem I plan on increasing the strength by adding a few angle iron supports.

I would appreciate anyones opinion.

Thanks-Jim S.
put a torsion frame under the top...
do the joints/intersections w/ edge half lap joints...

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Plus one on the torsion box

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Jim while a torsion box would be mega support what is important is that the surface is perfectly flat and remains so. It also needs to be supported so it can not flex. A top can be a simple flats supported piece of wood and a straight piece of wood for a fence using clamps to secure the fence. From there it can go most anywhere. What should determine size would be its likely use. Trying to route large pieces on a small table can be near impossible. Think about your usage and look at tables on the market. Generally there are 2 sizes, the small portable and the shop dedicated. From there it can go anywhere. Also don't forget the table saw add on router tables as an option. This really becomes a personal choice. I built a dedicated table which is used most often but also bought the cast iron table for my Sawstop because I have the Inca LS Positioner and Wonder fence on my table saw which evolved later on in my shop expansion.
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You can certainly using counter top material for a router cable. However, because it is made of particle board, it will sag in time with the weight of a router set into it.

Angle iron would be an excellent support. Others have done that. You could achieve the same net effect using strips of hardwood underneath all perimeter edges and then side-to-side and front-to-back. In effect, similar to the torsion box concept Stick suggested, but with the necessary opening for the router/router lift. Here is an underside view of the one I use. Members are 2-1/2” tall. Notice the side to side members in front of and behind the box. In my case, the dust collection box also serves to provide front-to-back support since it is attached to the front and middle side-to-side support members.




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Thank-you - Everybody.
The torsion box looks strong and should be a fun build for a newbie with a new router!

The other methods look pretty easy for someone like myself (used to flatwork).
I have intended from the start to put everthing in a box as MBRUM suggested because of dust collection and the orderlyness it creates.

By the way, my future posts should have my name included. My bad. I'll blame it on being a newbie.

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Thank-you -
The torsion box looks strong and should be a fun build for a newbie with a new router!
strong doesn't quite cover it well enough...
use your table saw and a dado blade for the joints...
search ''torsion box''.. lots of hits..
here's a thread you might want to read...

rim joints for a torsion box...


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I have intended from the start to put everthing in a box as MBRUM suggested because of dust collection and the orderlyness it creates.

By the way, my future posts should have my name included. My bad. I'll blame it on being a newbie.
thanks for name inclusion...

DUST COLLECTION

There is some information on dust collection w/ your health in mind at this here link if you need it...

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