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What is your opinion of type of material to make the router table top? Formica laminated to a 3/4" MDF?
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This should be perfect. To save time we paint the MDF with two pack lacquer which has almost the same low friction effect as the formica.
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I think that if You plan on using this for a long time, It might hold up better if You added a second piece of MDF, and a piece of formica on top of that. If You have moisture in Your shop, it will be able to stay straight Just another opinion!

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FWIW I'm planning to use 12mm and 25mm MDF glued together with laminex both sides after recommendations here.

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a simple piece of melamine shelving from home depot with some 2x4s to support it is inexpensive and effective. what's wrong with that?
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a simple piece of melamine shelving from home depot with some 2x4s to support it is inexpensive and effective. what's wrong with that?
Well, I don't like Home Depot. Otherwise should be no problem. I use 1/2" plywood, with lots of 2X4 support under. The latest is 2-3 years old, minimum, and no sag, does just what I need it for. Got maybe $2 in it.
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Mine is about 1 1/4" thick laminated particle board. It's 2 feet wide and 4 feet long. I picked it up at a used office furniture store it was a top for a cubicle work station. It's heavy and far better than anything you could build. The part is that it only cost a few bucks because they have so many of these things laying around.
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Here is a picture of the top made form a cubicle work top.
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Plan old MDF with liberal coats of Watco and then a good waxing. Otherwise you have too much invested in time and money. You will use the router top as an auxiliary work area and it will get dinged up in short order. Then you have an easy and cheap replacement. YMMV.
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For what its worth my last table was white melamine faced osb you find at the big box store and i roughed up one side and glued it to a second sheet of regular 3/4 mdf.
after 3 years there was a slight bow to it.
Hindsight i should have used two pieces of the same material as i believe the bottom mdf expanded and warped the more stable melamine faced osb. I also did not seal the mdf in any way which may have saved me too.
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