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Router table - Mdf and Ply - Laminate both sides?

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Bodone

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Hello all,

building new router table and will be using 15mm Mdf as top bonded to an 18 mm plywood sheet (900x600), with Aly router plate and Triton tra001.

I‘m laminating the top surface, but will I need to laminate the bottom of the ply sheet to stop bowing?

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Yes its recommended to laminate both top and bottom to prevent sagging. Someone I know only did one side of their router table top and within a year they had to replace it.
 

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If laminating the top why would you use 15mm MDF why not use 2 X 18mm plywood much stronger and less likely to bow.

I could be wrong of course...

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Is there any more advice/opinions on this ? I don't want to steal this thread from bodone, but I'm planning on building a router table using 2 layers 18mm ply for the top no MDF or laminate. I will be making the table around a big old Elu mof 177. In my mind it shoud be fine, but I haven't even used a router table before let alone build one.
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Should be fine if using decent hardwood ply that you can seal with a poly vanish if something simalar. Make the board grain go the same way as your work piece grain.

You could use a bit of buffalo board which is has a laminate both sides you might find a cheap offcut some where.

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Is there any more advice/opinions on this ? I don't want to steal this thread from bodone, but I'm planning on building a router table using 2 layers 18mm ply for the top no MDF or laminate. I will be making the table around a big old Elu mof 177. In my mind it shoud be fine, but I haven't even used a router table before let alone build one.
Thanks Tony
Not sure what size of table you have in mind but if your doing something like 900x600mm maybe consider an offcut of laminate kitchen worktop.
 

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Not sure what size of table you have in mind but if your doing something like 900x600mm maybe consider an offcut of laminate kitchen worktop.
It's ended up 865 x 600. I've glued and screwed the ply together and I had an offcut of some 2.5mm plastic coated aluminium sheet which I doubled up and I'm going to glue them together and then screw it to the ply, I had to stop as I couldn't find a large enough counter sink bit for the 16mm head counter sink screws. I'm searching around bow for an aluminium insert and t track that isn't going to cost the earth
 

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Hello all,

thanks for responses. MDF on ply, reading posts seems better to sit router plate into MDF and I only have a small sheet of Mdf available.

Looks like both sides then, I’ve a couple of sheets of Formica I plan to use with pva. I’ll be edging it with hardwood so I’ve something substantial to fasten the jessem fence guide to.
 

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I made a new router table top out of a solid wood kitchen top, but as i use this for assembly it might get glue on it. So i want to put a formica/laminate top on it. I have seen a sheet i can get but i am also looking for offcuts of 0.8mm, anyone know of where i can find these?
 

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