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I'll be building a table soon and will be using a two inch thick slab of soapstone for the top. It mills well, ok so it's a bit dusty but it still mills well and is dead flat. Has anyone tried using this medium for rt tops and if so whats the verdict?
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hey swallow...

can't say i've ever used it for such purposes but here are some thoughts:

how well will it resists the rigors of being a table top? nicks, dings, impacts, scratching etc..

How would you make repairs if necessary to the table top?

How resistant is it to liquids? stains? glues? etc...

How would you secure it?

How well will it take to fasteners should you decide at some point to "attach" something to your table?
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Well Bill the slab that I have was salvaged from a chem lab that had been in use for the last 80 years or so and it still looks great, however to make sure of the flatness I milled it dead flat on a 8' Cincinnati vertical mill. The rest of the counter top including the sink is going into my kitchen.

I do quite a lot of carving in soapstone as there is a lot of it in this area so I do know most of it's qualities. However I was interested in weather anyone else had thought of using it as a Router top material.

(how well will it resists the rigors of being a table top? nicks, dings, impacts, scratching etc..) Well all materials scratch even wood yuh know and as far as repair it's easier than repairing most wooden surfaces and is guaranteed NOT to warp ever as it is one of the most stable stones known.

(How would you make repairs if necessary to the table top?) Although lab counter-top soapstone has a higher silica content than normal soapstone and is therefore quite a bit harder it still machines well so just wet lapping will take out any nicks and dings.

(How resistant is it to liquids? stains? glues? etc...) It's TOTALLY resistant to all liquids including acids and bases although it should be rubbed down with mineral oil from time to time, and as far as glue goes most glues do not stick to soap stone due to it's dense soapy texture, epoxy is the exception.

(How would you secure it?) With machine bolts and epoxied in threaded brass inserts.

How well will it take to fasteners should you decide at some point to "attach" something to your table? Like I said it drills and machines well and is very epoxy friendly so thats not a problem.

So whatYuh think?
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My biggest question would be one of brittleness.

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swallow..

welp, since you seem to have a minimal investment, and certainly the skills. I'd say go for it... I'd be real interested in seeing your progress...
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Sounds pretty good, except maybe for portability
I remember those old tables from high school chemistry. Be about the same class as granite topped table saws.

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My biggest question would be one of brittleness.
Well Jim owning to it's density and stability soapstone is actually less prone to cracking and chipping than many types of granite and certainly much easier to repair should the need arise.

And by the by I'll stack our Manitoba -40 against your Alaska -40 any-day. Since Nov.1 the lowest the humidity has been here is 87% and when it's damp like that and windy as only Manitoba can be windy it cuts through one like a blade, a sharp blade at that.
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If you want a great router table top use 1/4" thick UHMW over the sub.strait .
Just cut a hole (sq.or round) for the router plate and drop in place quick and easy.
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What Is UHMW?
(Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene)

Use this UHMW to make jigs and fixtures for your table saw , router table, etc.
UHMW Polymer (plastic) is a linear polyethylene with a molecular weight in the range of 3,000,000 to 6,000,000. This value represents the "average molecular weight". Therefore UHMW is 10 times heavier than regular high density polyethylene.

Characteristics:

* The highest abrasion resistance
* Outstanding impact strength even at low temperatures
* Excellent sliding material due to low coefficient of friction
* Self-lubricating
* Easily machined with common woodworking tools
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Well I guess I could always use the oven and melt down a bunch of the Little womans Tupperware instead of buying the Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. That ought to go over REALLY WELL. Perhaps I should build another dog house before I try it, cuz like thats where I would be sleeping for the foreseeable future.

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