This just my 2 cents
I would not use the counter top stock, most of the time it's PB or chip board, not to easy to router a flat lip to hold the router plate, not to say anything about how strong it is...or to say strong it is NOT..
I would suggest 3/4" MDF ( 2 each) or some birch plywood,you can also buy cabinet stock that is Birch Plywood that is fac. laminated...
I would also suggest you build the base 1st. ( cabinet) with the same stock as the top, it can be just a simple cabinet case with 3 1/2 sides..,24" x 36" is a good size..for the top.
I don't know about the Freud router fence? may if you post a picture some one can come up with a workaround for the nut...
I also don't suggest you use the t-track, so you can hold/move the fence..it will put in a trip up lip right in front and on out feed side of the router bit..it's not a big deal on the in feed side of the bit BUT many times you will have a small chip out or edge that will hang on the track that will stop you dead in your tracks or put a small nick in the stock if you try and lift the stock over the hang up , I would suggest you use the sides/ends of the table top, that's to say a over hang clamp type hold down, that way you don't need to drill or cut into the top, you can also just mount the Freud fence to it...1/2" or 3/4" MDF will do the trick...
Tee-slot bit below http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops..._cutter_Anchor
Originally Posted by fasttruck860
I just received most of the pieces to build my first router table and I need help with some key things. First here's the list of things I have: MLCS phenolic router plate, Freud SH-5 router fence, on/off switch, t-tracks, accessories. I just bought the PC 890 with plunge and fixed base and height adjustment tool. I haven't had to much time lately to use the router yet, so constructing the table will its first task.
Here's my questions. What dimensions should I make my router top? I was thinking 36" x 24". Sometimes at work we have leftover counter tops, would this be a better choice than mdf? Does anyone have experience with mounting the Freud router fence? It was designed to use a special nut that has to be drilled and mounted in the table. Of coarse this nut doesn't come with the fence. I was thinking of using t-tracks instead since I will have leftover pieces. Would this be my best bet?