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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-04-2006, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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i have a triton router which weighs 13lbs which i am going table mount. i plan on using mdf for a table top but was wondering how thick it should be.

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kevin, that's a very heavy router, I think--compared to my Ryobi anyway. Are you planning on using an insert? I would consider an aluminum insert. As for the mdf, it is known to sag over time if not properly supported, so, the thicker the better, I think. I would think at least one inch or maybe 2 3/4 inch glued together. Unless of course, it has good support under it. Sorry for not being much more help.

Hopefully, one of the more experienced members will come along and give you more helpful advice.

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I made the error of reinforcing my router table and then realizing I had blocked the access for the dust port. Ooops. This wont hurt you if you use the enclosed underside of the table method for dust collection. . . you ARE using dust collection aren't you?

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I would recommend two .750 thick MDF boards.(made in to one) 1.5 thick.
I have a Port.Cable 3.5HP/2.0HP (use both on the same table) hanging from a .500" x 11.000" x 11.000" clear plastic base and it works for all the hvy.duty bits I need to use on the router table i.e. 3.50" dia.bits.
If you want a picture of it let me know and I will post one or two.

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When building a top to support a heavy router I suggest trying the layer method from Shop Notes. Use 3/4" plywood and two adjoining layers of 1/4" hardboard(Masonite). Wrap the edges with "1 x" hardwood. Laminate both sides with Formica.(This step prevents warping) Use a good mounting plate, my preference is the Rousseau plate. This method is tried and true. Good luck.

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Hi Mike and Kevin

I do agree on the base plate and I also recommend the base plate from OakPark (Router WorkShop) if you are going to use and order fixtures from the OakPark, the base plates are predrilled for most of the fixtures and router types.
And that's a big selling point for the OakPark type,the Router(s) must be mounted dead on center to work right.
The drop down pocket to hold the base plate can be off just a bit but not the router.


Rousseau Router Plate, see links below ▼

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...lance&n=228013

http://www.mcfeelys.com/product.asp?...source=froogle

http://froogle.google.com/froogle?hl...ch&sa=N&tab=wf

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Just some reviews on the base plate by users of the Rousseau base plate.
Most are good, some are bad.

Rousseau 3509 9" x 12" x 3/8" Deluxe Router Base Plate and Customer Reviews

http://www.shopingdir.com/laptop-not...php/B00002242B

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Im supporting 3 routers with 2 layers of 3/4 particle board just fine....rebel
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BobJ3, Laugh at those persons who didn't follow the instructions for mounting and using the Rousseau plate. Norm used one in his origonal table on the NYW for 10 years and most likely still would if Rockler hadn't sponsored the show.

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Wow, Rebel -
That is quite the table there - don't think I've seen a set-up for three like that before - any more photos?
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