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It's time for a new table, ladies and gents. My current table has done me well, and I'll always recommend it for anyone starting out. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, except the room that it takes up. I want to get that real estate back in my shed, because I foresee myself adding some big tools that are going to need that table.

As most of you know, my current table is two 3/4" MDF, 2'x4', with a Formica top. I used the MLCS plate. My next design is going to be 24"x32, with a 3/4" phenolic-faced ply top, and a Rockler aluminum plate. While the old one didn't have anything in the top, the new one will have dual T-tracks for the fence, and I'll leave myself the option for a miter track up front.

I'd like to put an edge on this one to make it look nice. I'm not sure what to use, and I'm certainly not sure how to attach it. Related, I'm not sure whether I should opt for a second sheet of phen-ply on the bottom, or go with regular ply (perhaps Baltic birch) or MDF.

I'm going to make a table similar to Norm's, but I'm probably going to design it from scratch so that it fits my needs best. It will be on rollers (perhaps, if I can find ones stable enough), and be built out of probably ply.

So - input on the banding, and the second layer of the top?
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I like the sounds of it so far. That phenolic ply is something I am hoping I can use now that I have learned about it and seen it in Rockler's ad. The tracks are a lot like I am hoping to do too.

I haven't thought past the top yet for a base or if it will just be a top I put on saw horses or anything else yet, so will be watching carefully for ideas to steal
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My table is 34 x 24 - two sheets of 3/4 MDF, I have T tracks to hold a home made fence, and a mitre slot. The bottom is 3/4 ply on casters, and I boxed in the router so a shop vac can collect the dust. The remainder of the bottom is storage with two shelves.

I have a PC890 motor in a router lift, so I put a remote ON / OFF on the front of the table. I also use one of the electronic plugs that start the vac when the tool is turned on.

Dust collection was the main reason I build my own table and base. If you don't already have one get a mini cyclone, and a vac with HEPA filter.

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If you don't already have one get a mini cyclone, and a vac with HEPA filter.

+1 on the mini cyclone..

I saw my first one in action the other night at the veneer shop and was completely amazed at just how efficient it really was. Especially on the very fine sawdust particles. Very impressed!
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I'm going to try and pick up whatever material today after work, so advice would be appreciated.
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This is what I'm referring to:

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That looks nice. When you are done building a top with that material head on over my way with some of it. If you hurry you might even still be able to see the snow that has been with us all winter before it finally melts and we get hit with the normal huge spring snow storm.

I really do like the look of that phenolic plywood.
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It's a bit darker than I wanted, but I think it will look nice with a lighter banding, like ash or poplar.

EDIT - Next morning update: I went with two pieces of the phenolic ply, they are cemented together as we speak. This afternoon I will attempt to band them.

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Got the router plate and t-track in the top. Carcass is drying. I'll be doing the face frame the same time as the cabinet.
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Chris, I did pretty much the same kinda deal with my band saw table. I used walnut as a band and it turned out pretty nice looking. Popular is on the bottom end of the hardwood scale and is prone to nicks and dings. Ash on the other hand is quite resilient to such things and I think would make for great banding material. just an opinion...
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