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I thought I would share my latest project, in hopes that I would get some good tips or suggestions.

I recently bought a Bosch 1617EVS router. I prefer table mounted routing, so the first thing I am doing is ... building a table.

I bought some 1/2" thick Corian from a local building material surplus store. I glued two pieces together and will mount the router directly to the table. Check out the pictures attached.

Anyone else have a Corian (or similar) top? Can you put wax on the surface? Anything else I should know?
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hI Andre

It will make a nice RT but I suggest strongly recommend you put in a router mounting plate, you will cripple the router if you don't let it go all the way up to the top of the table top..not to say anything about the size of bits you can use in your table with just a small hole in the top..

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I thought I would share my latest project, in hopes that I would get some good tips or suggestions.

I recently bought a Bosch 1617EVS router. I prefer table mounted routing, so the first thing I am doing is ... building a table.

I bought some 1/2" thick Corian from a local building material surplus store. I glued two pieces together and will mount the router directly to the table. Check out the pictures attached.

Anyone else have a Corian (or similar) top? Can you put wax on the surface? Anything else I should know?



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Hi and welcome to the forum. Will make a beautiful top but +1 on the plate. Without the plate you are losing an inch of router bit adjustment. That, and how were you planning on changing bits?

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HI,
I have had a corian router table top for several years.It works very well. It can be waxed with a good paste wax. I agree with the oher responders, that you need an insert. Be prepared for a snow storm when you rout the opening for the insert. It can be routed with a good carbide bit.
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Where can you get corian? Lowes nor Home Depot would'nt sell it to me without installation..
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Where can you get corian? Lowes nor Home Depot would'nt sell it to me without installation..
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Hi George. I dunno where to get it locally either but I did a little googleing and found an outfit that does have "surplus" pieces for sale. Haven't dealt with them and have no idea what shipping, etc is but here is the link if you want a looksee:
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George,

I've been told its like Formica brand laminate.. (at least here) only available through wholesale distributors. I'd talk to the company that specializes in selling wood to the custom cabinetmakers. To get my Formica, I paid the wood seller who then gave me a purchase order to pick it up from the wholesaler (they offered to pick it up but I was in a rush). In that case I was limited to full sheet sizes... 4'x8', 4'x12', 3'x10', 3'x16') etc.

If you want a smaller amount, are flexible about color and schedule, you may be able to befriend one of the local cabinet shops and have them get a bigger piece than they need on their next job and cut off and sell you the scrap (i.e. buy a 3'x16' when they need a 3'x10' and sell you the 3'x6' cutoff).

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I bought the piece of corian at a Habitat for Humanity building material store in Arvada, CO.
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Will make a beautiful top but +1 on the plate. Without the plate you are losing an inch of router bit adjustment. That, and how were you planning on changing bits?
Hi jschaben,

I was planning on putting a hinge on the back of the top and just lifting the top like the hood of my car.

If loosing an inch of adjustment is too much, can I router a pocket in the bottom of the table to have the router sit at 1/2" deep?
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Hi jschaben,

I was planning on putting a hinge on the back of the top and just lifting the top like the hood of my car.

If loosing an inch of adjustment is too much, can I router a pocket in the bottom of the table to have the router sit at 1/2" deep?
Hi Andre - An inch is an awful lot of depth to lose.. You could route a relief on the bottom of the table to get some of it back. That brings up the concern of how strong the corian is. I think it is relatively soft. I am assuming you were planning on suspending the router from the bottom of the table. This would put the weight of the router on the 3 or 4 screwheads countersunk into 1/2" of corian. In my opinion that would be a little light on support for the router. I don't think the 1617 (I don't own one) is that heavy though so it may be OK. Hope someone more knowledgeable can weigh in on this one.
Another option may be to incorporate bit extensions.
I get the feeling you are loathe to put a big hole in the middle of that beautiful top, and I can't say as I blame you, but we still want to make it as safe and durable as possible also.

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