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Charlie Groh wrote:

Another reason I like it is that it's done, I don't have to glue it down. I like to build stuff. I don't like to build other stuff, in order to build stuff. (Actually, I do, but you get the point.)
I know what you mean about the thinness, but I consider it disposable. I don't want to have to baby my work surfaces. I even built my new router top out of the stuff. If I want to screw down something to the top, I don't care... when it gets too dinged up, I cut out another piece and replace it.

Funny, when they were designing this Caravan, it's like someone actually considered that one might use a van to do what a van is supposed to do. It fits 4X8 perfectly with no wiggle room. You should see how much lumber I've carried on the luggage rack. :-) That's another thing, the rack it just high enough off the roof pads, to *sqeeze* 2x material underneath, nice and tight. But that's not why you called.
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I'm a little surprised that no one has mentioned this: Isn't 3/4 ply a little light for a router table? Depending on the router, wouldn't it sag over time (depending on the size of the table, of course
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wrote:

I have the underside supported pretty well. The table is 3'x4' and there is 2by support in the middle of each. If I remember correctly, where the router is going is 20" by 14". I don't think it'll sag.
I have to say this is a danged neighborly group.
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On my last table, I used strongbacks, made from the same plywood. Jointed straight and pocket screwed/glued to the bottom. Strategically placed so as to not get in the way, they worked well.
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If you can find it, buy a sheet of melamine and make your self a torsion box topped off with the melamine.
Your next choice is a torsion box covered with 1/2" mdf and covered in laminate from the home center.
Here is a picture of that arrangement
http://home.att.net/~mboceanside/wsb/html/view.cgi-photo.html--SiteID-638867.html
http://home.att.net/~mboceanside/wsb/html/view.cgi-photo.html--SiteID-639331.html
That outfeed allows a FULL sheet of plywood to be on the table top after the cut.
The torsion box is made from 3/4" shop grade birch plywood. That is skinned over with 1/2" mdf and finished off with generic white laminate.
I also made a drop down section with a piano hinge so the table isn't so long for the entire time.
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Pat Barber wrote:

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I love the way that all folds up, Pat. Very nice!
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