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Default UHMW & Panel Flattening on Router Table

I have two questions:

What's the source & cost of the UHMW being used as a fence on "The Router Workshop" show?

I'm considering using the Router Table to flatten an oak panel which is too large for my thickness planer.

Any suggestions/tips?

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Wally,

Check out oak-park.com for a list of their router table accessories. If you're in the USA, click here! If you're in Canada, click here! You will find the table fence you want listed on there web site. Well, I got your first question answered. Can anyone else help him on the second question? Mike? (a.k.a. aniceone2hold)

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Wally, I found the answer to your problem a couple months ago. Its a home built set up for surfacing flat panels. Here is a photo of it. Gee, it even uses a Bosch 1617, my favorite! Now if I can just remember where I found it...
Both Woodcraft and Rockler also carry a limited selection of UHMW. Plan on using your biggest wallet when you go looking.
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Wally,

Check out oak-park.com for a list of their router table accessories. If you're in the USA, click here! If you're in Canada, click here! You will find the table fence you want listed on there web site. Well, I got your first question answered. Can anyone else help him on the second question? Mike? (a.k.a. aniceone2hold)
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The www.oak-park.com site is very useful ... THANKS

I found a company here in Dallas that has all kinds & sizes of plastics.

Example:
2" x 12" x 24" UHMW for $54.00 (That would produce a dozen 2" x 24" fences.)

Their URL = http://www.dfwplastics.com 1-800-782-1836

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Wally, I found the answer to your problem a couple months ago. Its a home built set up for surfacing flat panels. Here is a photo of it. Gee, it even uses a Bosch 1617, my favorite! Now if I can just remember where I found it...
Both Woodcraft and Rockler also carry a limited selection of UHMW. Plan on using your biggest wallet when you go looking.
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I wonder why I couldn't install a flat-bottom bit and raise it 1/16" on the router table and run the panel back & forth over it?

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I have a large pine dining room table that has taken 10 years of children's abuse and needs resurfacing. I was wondering how to do it, if I should use the router or maybe a belt sander.
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Is the wood damaged or only the finish ? since the table is pine be very careful sanding. If i were doing this i would remove the finish first and then sand by hand with a sanding block. It is very easy to damage a pine table top with agressive sanding (belt or ros with course grit). With a little more info we might be of more help.
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Wally, your idea would work if you design a frame to hang the panel on that would both support it and keep downward pressure for good bit contact. The idea behind the jig I sent the photo of is the frame supports the router at a uniform height above the panel. This could easily be customized to fit any size panel. By making passes back and forth over the panel you are working like a milling machine to ensure a uniform surface. Here is the info on the jig:
http://www.woodworkersjournal.com/pl...ails/5/61/1641

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Julie, Have you considered putting a layer of laminate over the pine? A table that see's a great deal of use would benefit from this treatment. Pine is just too soft for everyday wear and tear, unless of course you enjoy refinishing?
Another option would be to replace the table top with one built from hardwood. This would be sturdy and have the beauty of solid wood. The nice thing is you already have the perfect template in the origonal top. Tables with mixed woods can be quite eye catching. If you are not comfortable with building your own top you can purchase table top parts from a company such as Van Dykes Restorers. They carry everything such as tops, aprons, sliding support mechanisms, legs and any associated hardware.

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I love the pine top on my harvest table. When I bought it the woodworker who made it told me that it was soft and with 3 kids, wouldn't hold up long. I didn't care. It's gouged and scratched (not just the finish, Jerry), from years of kids banging their utensils on it, colouring, doing homework, reading the paper, etc. We sit around the table all the time, like the old fashioned country kitchen... it's the center of our home. So, just thought it's time to spruce it up a bit (no pun intended). I don't want to cover it, or use hardwood. Love pine and the knots! It's 1 5/8" thick, 42" wide by 76" long and made with 10 pieces of pine of varying widths from 2" to 5 1/2".
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