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Hi,

I'm a newbie, delurking for the first time, so forgive me if my question seems trivial!

I'm just getting into wood (well, not literally into it....I'm not a worm!), this after I bought a router in the Xmas sales from B&Q. Anyway, to complement this I've also got a nice shiny new Perform table saw at home waiting to be assembled :D and a router table insert also bought from Axminster.

Well, the question relates to the table insert. I plan to build a router table out of MDF, but the table insert came with no instructions whatsoever. I understand how to go about making the rebate for the insert, but how do I know what thickness of MDF I need? Is 19mm enough, or do I need to source 25mm, or laminate two pieces together? The insert is 9.5mm thickfrom recollection.

Secondly, how do I go about getting the holes in the right place to attach the insert to my router?

Finally, do I need to use formica/melanine on the surface (and reverse) of the table, or is there some other finsish I can use.

I've tried searching the web, and found a few resource about router tables, as well as the artice in the current woodworker and woodturning mag. But none seem to address my precise questions.

Thanks

Ian
 

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Welcome to the forum Ian,

I'm sure some of the router table gurus will be along shortly, in the meantime, can I suggest a few links -

James did a good router table <click here>

[Link removed until I've checked SDA site is clear of it's virus - thanks Noel]

And some stuff here:

https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4130

CHJ's stuff here:

https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4216

Wakas amazing bench (day 2)

https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4229

Or some more info here:

https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3614

Adam
 
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Adam, did you forget mine :cry: :wink:

https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3990&highlight=table

Ian

I used 2 pieces of 19mm MDF glued and screwed together for absolute rigidity and, ahem, adequate weight to stop it moving around.

To mark the holes, I measured the pitch diameter of the tapped holes in the router and then measured the angles from a datum. I made a cardboard template and checked that this fitted the router nicely before using it to mark holes in the plate

My original top used just MDF with 5 coats of polyurethane

https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3783&highlight=router+table

and worked pretty well. In fact, I only changed to the laminated MDF as I got it for free from work when we threw out some worktops

https://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3725&highlight=router+table
 

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Welcome to the forum, Ian.

Some details of my table build here and here

Tony, we can't rely on Adam at all, can we? :wink: :p :lol:

Cheers,
Neil
 

secret_squiggle

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Thank you guys for such a warm welcome.

The Wealden site is just what I was looking for. So it looks like I can get away with a small table of 19mm MDF for starters, varnished. I can always build a larger top if needed later!

Cheers

Ian
 
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