I am now totally confused. I have an Oak-Park router table top that I am certain is Baltic Birch plywood with a yellow veneer on both sides. I was under the impression that the veneer was melamine. I have the impression that the veneer (is it also called a laminate?) is to prevent warping of the wood to which it is glued. Is melamine a veneer? If it is, where can I find some that is a similar color? What is the relationship of formica to melamine or other veneers? I want to be able to use pencil on it an easily erase, as I can with the Oak-Park top. My intention is to make similar tops that might take different sized base plates. I have an idea for using the Oak-Park 7 inch base in a table, and I need to build extensions or auxiliary tables, and I do not want any of them to warp. What would be the best for me to use, melamine, formica, or some wood veneer?