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Well, I'm still working on my upgraded router table, have a quick question, how to attach the table top to the cabinet, I am using MDF and I don't think screws will hold in this stuff, I think the only option would be glue, thinking about gluing the top to a frame of some sort and bolting the frame to the cabinet, that way I would be able to remove the top if needed....any suggestions? Thanks again...... Floyd


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Screw it up from underneath. Unless you were to constantly pick the cabinet up from the top & move it around it should be fine. If you wanted to remove to replace in future the screws are hidden underneath. If top is 1-1/2" thick (cabinet top & table top) use 1-1/4" screws.

That's how I mounted this top on this center island & all the other tops. It is actually for a TV pilot & is mounted from underneath & the island rolls on casters so the crew can move it around. The top is actually MDF painted to look like granite.
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Well, I'm still working on my upgraded router table, have a quick question, how to attach the table top to the cabinet, I am using MDF and I don't think screws will hold in this stuff, I think the only option would be glue, thinking about gluing the top to a frame of some sort and bolting the frame to the cabinet, that way I would be able to remove the top if needed....any suggestions? Thanks again...... Floyd

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Hi Floyd - I just attached mine with SPAX screws. With MDF you need a small pilot hole to keep it from erupting. They are just intended to keep the table from sliding around on the carcase, not for lifting the table with.

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I use sheet metal screws with MDF. Drill a pilot hole, and countersink it a little. That will help with any mushrooming the MDF will do.

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Hi Floyd

You can also put in some tee slots in the bottom of the top and use 4 carr..bolts with wing nuts to fit into your corner blocks of your cabinet..in that way you can replace the top if you need to or just to move it around down the road..plus you will not see the slots once you put on the trim around the top.

I did that on one of the router tables I made but I can't show you a snapshot because you can't see them but it works very well in MDF. I used 1/4-20 x 3 1/2" carr.bolts on my sons router table.

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Thanks again for the great ideas, I won't be lifting the cabinet and it will have rollers so will probably go with the screws under the table top, I will have to give the people on this web sight most of the credit for this project when I'm done....LOL... Thanks again........ FB


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Floyd, if you have not built the top yet you can make life real simple by installing the carriage bolts between your layers of MDF before assembly. The top will be very stable and not prone to movement so all that will be required are some corner blocks mounted to the table with slightly over sized holes in them and washers/ nuts to hold it down. I suggest using Nylok nuts since they will not loosen with vibration.

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