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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used these materials for router bases or for support plates ?
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Yes used lexan and was a good alternative to an expensive plate. But for $19.99 a plate is available online from Harbor Freight that looks exactly like the one in the Peachtree catalog measuring 9" x 12"
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Yes, it is not crystal clear, but it is tough. My previous router table top was made from a 1/4" piece.
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I believe that lexan is available at Lowes. etc. but I don't know in what thickness - will check and advise.
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Lowe's "might" have 0.250" thick material, but I really doubt it. I would suggest checking with a local plastic's distributor for some "odd or small-size" cuts/drops of 0.375" thick acrylic or Lexan. You might get a freebie that was headed to the dumpster. Clear is best for visual access, any color will work.

Being in Pittsburgh, you should have a number of local options for this type of material, but you'll have to look for industrial supply houses.
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I have used several of Lexan like products with great success. Both as a table insert and for base plates. If you have a local plastic shop stop and check for scraps, which are usually sold by the pound. Most of the plastics machine with wood working tools, but you have to adjust for the characteristics of the plastic.
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They do have 1/4 inch lexan at Lowes - it doesn't seem to be absolutely rigid - maybe it was the larger piece I was looking at.
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Take a hard look at ploy.cutting boards,they are very cheap and you can find them every where,,,Kmart/Target/HD/Lowes .

1/4",3/8",1/2" thick the norm 6" x 6" to 24" x 24" is the norm..most are white, and are very strong ,the higher end ones are UHMW ..

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It may depend on the weight of the router but 1/4" Lexan seems pretty thin to me for a router plate. It may well hold the weight but as Henry indicates, I think it'd flex too much unless perhaps the plate was kep small.

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+1 on cutting board stock.. When lexan was mentioned I was thinking of transparency though you may find a thick clear cutting board?

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