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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-29-2010, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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I need a new router table top that will survive high humidity in a Florida garage shop. Does it have to be 100% phenolic?

My current table has a Jessum plate inserted in what I think is laminate over MDF table top. The table top has swelled top the point that I cannot easily remove the plate.

Any suggestions appreciated.
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As much as I dislike using plastic of any kind for anything in your case living in Florida an all I would suggest going with a high density polyethylene plate but it's gonna be dear and never having used the stuff myself I don't know how it will stand up to shop abuse in the long run.

I understand what you are saying about humidity, I live almost straight north of you, ok it's a long way north up in Manitoba Canada but it's still north. As strange as it sounds the lowest the humidity has been here since Dec.1 is 87% this is very strange as the normal winter humidity is somewhere around 24%. This is a huge problem for the cabinet shops in the area as anything built here this winter is going to shrink.

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What about making sure to paint or otherwise seal all edges and cuts into what ever material you use? I keep hearing Tommy Silva on This Old House or Ask This Old House saying to paint all 6 edges of a board, not just 4 edges, like I used to think was all a board had until I heard him say this years ago.
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