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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-08-2004, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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After much planning I have a table, fence, and several jigs designed, the parts list for Lee Valley written out and all that I have yet to determine is what to use for the exposed surfaces of the table top and fence. I will be spending a small fortune on the extrusions, t-slots, bolts, clamping handles, etc. so UHDW plastic is going to blow my budget out of the water.

The table top will be made of two layers of 3/4" baltic birch with some sort of surface for lubricity. I have seen some pics here that seem to have tempered hardboard, and others with an arborite-like top. I like the hardboard over the arborite since it seems less likely to crack and chip, but is it susceptible to expansion from humidity? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I use hardboard over MDF. I have no means of keeping the moisture content in my garage uh I mean shop controlled and it has not moved yet. (Maybe I am just lucky). To help things slide I also added a coat of Briwax furniture wax which I think has worked well.

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Thanks Spacemanspiff, I think I will try the hardboard over the BB ply.
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Good luck. And don't forget to show us the pics!!

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Will do. I am hoping to build it next week.
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I have the table top and fence almost done, I just need to dress up the edges to make it look nice. Then I make the drawers, face frame the carcass and viola, I will have a new router table. Yes, I am slow but I am having a lot of fun making the table. Hopefully, by Sunday I can be taking photos.

I have a question about wax, Spacemanspiff. I have Minwax furniture paste, would that work the same way as your Briwax does for the table top and fence?
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Yip as far as I know it would .... probably even better I would say ...

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I have the table top and fence almost done, I just need to dress up the edges to make it look nice. Then I make the drawers, face frame the carcass and viola, I will have a new router table. Yes, I am slow but I am having a lot of fun making the table. Hopefully, by Sunday I can be taking photos.

I have a question about wax, Spacemanspiff. I have Minwax furniture paste, would that work the same way as your Briwax does for the table top and fence?
If you are trying to make a slick surface I would not use Minwax. Go with a hard wax, I like carnauba or a car paste wax.

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I use a boat wax, collonite on all my surfaces. Very durable.


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Do those waxes (car/boat) leave any residue on the wood?
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