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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-26-2012, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Question Laminating a table top

I bought a new Triton router to replace the dropped Hitachi TR12 so it's full speed ahead to build a table for it.

After reading some excellent build threads, I have a (rough) plan in mind as to what I'll build. Table top will be 1200mm x 600mm made with 12mm and a 25mm MDF sheet laminated together and covered both sides with 1.6mm Laminex.
While I'm comfortable with sticking the MDF pieces together and gluing on the Laminex, I do have a question about the router plate cutout. Should I cut this out before I attempt to apply the Laminex or cut the hole once the table top is made?
I've never used a router on Laminex before so I'm not sure what to expect.

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Geoff, I have been researching how to do this as well. I believe you cut the hole after the Laminex is applied. I am not familiar with that product here in the states but if it's a plastic material like melamine the router should be able to handle it.

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Laminex is used for kitchen bench tops, similar stuff to Wilsonart (I believe)
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Laminex is a material like Formica. Yes, when you build your top the cut out is made after it is assembled. I suggest before you apply the laminate you enclose the MDF with hardwood strips. Make your laminate overlap the edges slightly and then trim off the excess with a chamfering bit. Apply some polyurethane to seal the wood and you are ready to make your cut out. I used a 45 bit and made a deep cut on the edges of the table in the photo. No special reason; just wanted a different look.
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Thanks Mike,
Plan was to put a timber edge on the table, it makes it neat. (and will be the only 'real' timber in the tables, the rest being MDF and form ply)
I have a Woodhaven router plate and their router plate adjusters so the hole I need to cut is the same size as the plate.
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Laminex is a material like Formica. Yes, when you build your top the cut out is made after it is assembled. I suggest before you apply the laminate you enclose the MDF with hardwood strips. Make your laminate overlap the edges slightly and then trim off the excess with a chamfering bit. Apply some polyurethane to seal the wood and you are ready to make your cut out. I used a 45 bit and made a deep cut on the edges of the table in the photo. No special reason; just wanted a different look.
Mike, is there any situation where you might want to use something like a tee square off the edge(s) for laying out, maybe measuring out something parallel to the tee slot?
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Dan, all that matters is the plate is flush or a few thousandths higher than the table surface. Alignment is strictly a matter of appearance and in no way effects performance. That said I do use a square so the table looks nice. I do not use a miter slot on my tables; I guide off the fence or table edge. This works best for me and will cause people who like miter slots to wonder what is wrong with me. Once you introduce a miter slot into your table you need to make sure the fence is parralel to it. Because the bits are round it will not cause a bind like with a saw blade but it will force your cut off true if you do not have proper alignment. To me this makes sense and after all the purpose of a miter slot is to provide alignment with a saw blade or sanding disk... items which require alignment to work correctly. Both methods work but I follow the "Simple is better" methods taught by Bob and Rick.

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I'd thought about the t-square issue and planned to put a piece of t-track in the front edge of the table. There's a video somewhere here of a German router table build that does this.
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I just got finished putting gather a simply horizontal router table . I've used MDF sheeting. Now I want to use Formica over the bare MDF on the table top and the back for a smooth slid. The problems is finding small sheet of the Formica. All I've been able to come up with is 4' X 8' and 5' X 8' sheets. Costing a arm and leg. All I need is a 24" X 24". I don't care if it's pink poke a dot color , just anything. Is there anything that can be used ? Is there anything that can be use to get a super smooth top and back. I've been to 2 of the big box stores. Home Depot and Lowe's with no luck. I even went to a local cabinet shop with no luck, all they had was pre-made cabinet tops. Thanks for the help.
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Gene; you're statement floored me. Why would the big guys send folks away because they can't buy a 1/2 or 1/4 sheet of laminate from them?! That's just bad business.
I know there are a number of outlets in the Vancouver, B.C. area that sell in broken quantity (1/2 & 1/4 sheets)...the selection is far more limited, but in this case I doubt that you care what shade of white they offer.
I've picked up odd sized pieces from a cabinet maker, up here where I live... a relatively small community. As I say, I'm just baffled as to why your local guys won't sell smaller pieces.
Try and locate the wholesale outlet, and ask them if they have any damaged sheets that they'd like to sell. Check the Yellow Pages under Plastic Laminate.
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