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I know this topic will have been covered so apologies for repost. Making a home build mini router table for Makita trim router. What would be best material for the table top?
All it is now is 18 mm MDF, should top face be covered with A laminate of some sort?

Been trying to find 6 or 9mm MDF sheet with one side melamine but no luck, Formica seems to be unavailable now and a laminate sheet With a smooth face is again difficult to find. Any suggestions as to what to use.
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I don’t know about down in the U S but here where I am there are several hardware stores that sell 2 x 4 laminate pieces, probably from damaged sheets. I’ve used those to make table tops with including a coffee table top for my daughter. A sink cut out works too. If you’re bolting the router through the top you might want to rout out a pocket for it to sit in maybe leaving about 3/8” of material.
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As the others have said above. However, if you are unable to source a laminate during lockdown, have you considered temporarily just sealing the mdf and waxing it after the sealant is cured? The smooth surface is only to reduce friction on the workpiece - unless aesthetics are important to you.
BTW, since you have a trim router (you do not specify a model), have you seen the Lee Valley mini router table? There was a thread on the forum just recently.
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Youre looking for Melamine. Or even Masonite (although that is very brittle).
But why are you only using a 1/4" router? Are a modeller?
If not you are very quickly going to wish you had saved all that hard work and used a 1/2" router instead.
The clue is in the title, makita EDGE TRIMMER. Its not going to like large bits.
Decent ply is adequate, just wax it or cover it with shellac
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