consider baltic birch or melamine. if you do use MDF, i've had success
flooding it with many coats of solvent-based poly, diluted with naptha,
and then waxing it. makes it much harder and resistant to swelling.
Chris Carruth wrote:
My router table fence is an aluminum extrusion, a commercial fence, and came
with MDF faces. They even included an extra set of MDF faces. I expected
the MDF to get worn away quickly but in fact I am still using the first set
and they are in good shape. I say go for it, and make a bunch of
replaceable faces so that you can have zero clearance around some of your
Maybe it's just me but I made some zero clearance fence faces and I find my
dust collection doesn't work as efficiently as with a larger opening. I
have my dust collection plenum directly behind the bit and inside the fence.
The same thing goes for my table saw. When I use my box joint sled with
dado cutters I find that if I completely remove the blade insert the
collection system pulls the chips down and away better.
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