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Default Help Needed Router table top finish question

I am building my very first Router Table.
I want to make the Table Top from MDF (Cost)
Can anyone give me some advice on how to treat the surface so its good and slippery like the melamine jobbie.
I can get Melamine faced MDF which would do perfect but it is more than twice the cost of MDF.
I am thinking of a cellulose sanding sealer, but dont know where to go then..
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Go to a cabinet shop and get the scrap sink cutouts from a laminate top job. I get them for free at a local shop. You might get a piece of scrap top. My local guy cuts them to size and donates them to Habitat for Humanity projects.
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Default have scrap worktop

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but I already have some but it is chipboard rather than MDF and I'm not confident it will be good.
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I've been told to rub some Johnson paste wax on mdf and it makes owl crap seem like sand paper..the main thing is use it all over the mdf to seal out moisture..

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Sometimes you need to step up to the pump to play, you will have the router table for a long time I'm sure." chipboard " is just that (crap board ) but I will say they do make some high end chipboard but it's high in price also...

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Paul, the best surface for your table is to apply Formica(Laminex) to the top and bottom. This is how the premium tables are built. Not sure how sheet items like this are sold in your location but around here the home centers carry them. If you find a sheet with the corner chipped off they deeply discount the price since contractors will not pay for damaged goods. I saved 75% off because of this. This will also leave you with extra for other projects like a drill press or band saw table, or perhaps a second router table.

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Hi Paul

The best surface I have found is 1/4" thick plastic glued right to the top.
Here's a snapshot of what it looks like and the best thing about it (it's clean and true and you can use crapboard because the plastic is doing the work more or less to keep it flat) and if you use a router mounting plate, it's snap to cut the hole for it..round or sq.
This table is just one 3/4" thick MDF..

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Hi Paul! If you weren't so distant, I would happily give you enough Formica, (Laminex) to make a smooth topp, bottom and sides for not only your router table but pretty much anything else in your shop.

I started out with a roll that was 55' long X 5.5' wide of the ugliest pattern known to mankind. I've used it for a lot of things and still have about 40' of it left.
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Default Thanks everyone

Thanks everyone for their input.
Will check out if I can get hold of formica sheets here.
They may be more expensive than the melamine faced mdf but we shall see. Will keep posted and will put up some pics of table as it goes together.
Am buying the last of the bits this week and then starting to build.
Anyone has any further advice, is all much appreciated as I say. approx a week left before I start.
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