Particle board - chip board - osb ---- some technical differences (see Mike's explanation above) but essentially the same thing -- commonly used for sheating where all its primary purpose is to provide is a backing material to nail shingles or siding to.
Just my personal opinion - but -
To me it would be hard to think of a worse choice where you wanted a smooth surface or something to hang a router etc.
You can make a good router table out of counter inserts -
- They have the up-side of having a formica surface already laminated on
- and a cutout for a double sink is almost the ideal size.
There are those on the forum who have done so -- and maybe they will speak up on what they looked for.
My thought would be to look for the densest backing you can find (smallest particles).
My .02 --
If you want to save money - MDF
If you want to go plywood -- I would second the vote for Baltic Birch from someplace like Rockler or Woodcraft -- NOT one of the big boxes.
The one who says it can't be done --
Should avoid interrupting
the person doing it.
Last edited by Drugstore Cowboy; 11-13-2007 at 12:22 AM.