Thanks everyone for the great advice........greatly appreciated!
I plan to use Titebond II glue and a bunch of F-clamps. I only have a few, so I will be picking up some of these.........probably Bessey Tradesman F-clamps. I will use cauls or at least some propane tanks
to clamp the middle down. I'm not planning on using screws as the clamps. I will definitely protect the work surface with plastic or something.
One thing I plan on doing to make sure the top is square is to start with slightly over-sized panels and offset one panel in both directions leaving the factory edge of one of the panels proud. This way I can run those edges along the table saw fence ensuring a square cut on the other two sides and then use the cut sides to cut the other two sides square and parallel at the proper size.
I will be laminating both sides in Formica or equivalent. I plan on edge banding in oak, but may make the banding a bit wider and insert T-tracks into them. I am thinking of rabbeting the top and bottom of the router top and grooving the banding to give extra glue area and support.
BTW, I will be using an Hitachi M12V router with a Woodpecker PlungeLift.
Couple of questions:
- as long as I wipe the MDF panels down before gluing is this sufficient to provide a smooth surface for gluing or do I have to sand the surfaces?
- how much pressure do I need to apply? I don't want to squeeze all of the glue out.
- Know of any sales going on for Bessey F-clamps?