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Hello, I just put together a Woodpecker phenolic router table with a Triton TRA001 router. I was wondering if it's OK to leave the router in the table, or will this cause the surface to sag? I would appreciate some help with this.

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I can't speak for the Woodpecker table, but I have the RouterWorkshop table with a phenolic insert and I leave it in all the time with no sagging.

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Yep, my table is homemade, with a 1/2" plywood top, well supported. The router plate is also 1/2" plywood. The whole thing is somewhere over ten years old, always with a router in place, and no signs of sag yet.

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I called Woodpecker about this and they said the router could be left in their phenolic top without danger of sagging. I got the impression that would not necessarily be true of the MDF top.

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It would be a very poor table that couldn't hold a TRA001 indefinitely without sagging.

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I leave mine in steady also...my table is always setup and another seperate router is used outside of my table without any issues ..

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I called Woodpecker about this and they said the router could be left in their phenolic top without danger of sagging. I got the impression that would not necessarily be true of the MDF top.

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I wonder if a person secured metal angle iron under mdf , if that would provide the necessary structural integrity over time. I don't trust mdf by itself as I've stored it before and it bends under it's own weight over time
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MDF, particle board, or plywood all need support underneath. Angle iron will work but so will a wooden frame. It should look like the floor joints under your floor.

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