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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-10-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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I've had this old metal Craftsman router table for many years. The legs are rusted away to the point that I need to stop using it. So....I need to upgrade to something else. I want to stay with a table top model because of space. I'm not sure if I want to build something or maybe look for something used. I do not want to spend hundreds of dollars for a new unit. If someone can point me to a link of DIY plans or know of someone that might have something to sell please let me know. I'm new to this forum so I will have a good look around here on the forum tonight to try to pick up a few tips.

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Tom, read the sticky threads; they are packed with good information like this one:
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I don't seem to be able to find the Harbor Freight mounting plate on the Harbor Freight website. Does anyone know if it is still available? If not....what is a good low cost alternative?
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Hi Tom

No longer available but check out the link below by Mike

http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...ase-plate.html

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That seems like a good deal if there are any left. This is why I came to this forum....for info just like this.
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I also would like to know if a piece of countertop can be used as a taple top? I have a section of countertop that was the cut-out for a double sink in a kitchen counter top. It is flat. The wood is MDF. I guess I need to know if this kind of material will warp. The section I have was cut out a couple years ago but still looks pretty straight and flat.
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I also would like to know if a piece of countertop can be used as a taple top? I have a section of countertop that was the cut-out for a double sink in a kitchen counter top. It is flat. The wood is MDF. I guess I need to know if this kind of material will warp. The section I have was cut out a couple years ago but still looks pretty straight and flat.
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Quite a number of members have used a sink cut out for their first router table.

I would make sure both side are sealed with high pressure laminate to prevent sagging/warping - but thats just me....

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Quite a number of members have used a sink cut out for their first router table.

I would make sure both side are sealed with high pressure laminate to prevent sagging/warping - but thats just me....
Are you saying that I should use two pieces and glue the MDF sides together, leaving the countertop surface on both the top and bottom? I assume this is to give it more strength and help keep it from warping.
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Tom; what you suggested would work well, but what James was saying was that it's important that both sides of the MDf/plywood be laminated in order that any expansion or contraction is equalized by the laminate on the bottom. Over time the MDF would tend to warp from the pull of the laminate/glue. On countertops it's not as much of an issue as the ctrtop is firmly attached to the base cabinets. I'd go one step further and suggest that the edges should be sealed as well. In your application, warping would be a major issue...but on the other hand, it is a relatively small surface area.
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I just ordered my base plate from Grizzly today. They are out of stock but expect to have them by the end of March. That gives me a few weeks to get a frame made.
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