I recently had granite countertops put in my kitchen. The delivery
was supposed to be the second week of December, and wife was really
excited because she was wanting them installed before all the holiday
parties. As it turned out they were a week late because the slab we
picked out had some cracks that affected the quality. Owner did a
great job in making sure we got the best quality installation, except
wife was a bit unhappy.
In an act of good will, the owner of the company agreed to produce a
router table top out of silestone for me. I just picked it up
yesterday at the production shop and oooooooooohhhhhh is it sweet.
Flat as a sheet of glass, sturdy since it's silestone, and nice and
heavy. I have installed my old custom fence made from ipe and oak
(design inspired by Pat Warner fence), and bought a new phenolic
plate, everthing fits to a tee. Life is good here in the USA.
I highly recommend one!
I hope you are as happy with it as I am with my corian table. Of course, I
had to pay $1 for mine at an auction, so it is not a big a gloat as free.
(guy bought a huge pile of corian sheets for almost nothing. I asked him if
I could buy some; he told me it was too much to carry anyhow, so I should
take as much as I wanted for $5.)
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Funny thing is, that a friend of mine has all kinds of cook-top cut-
outs and sink cut-outs made out of Hanstone, Silestone, Cambria,
How hard would it be to write a little routine for his CNC to make an
inlet for a router plate?
Wondering what that could sell for.
What would anybody here pay for a nice slab of engineerded stone with
a 12" x 12" phenolic plate...mmm...say 1/2" thick already included?
The slab would be 1.25" thick and be about 17" x 24"? (Give or take a
couple of inches, but never smaller)
The plate recess is a hair over 3/8 inch. My plate is 3/8 thick but
the lip is only 1/4. I went deeper than necessary figuring it would
be easier to shim than to skim!
With Silestone, I don't know of anyway to do this without the CNC and
the special diamond bits that the shop used. I would not try this at
home with this or granite. Maybe with Corian or similar.
Diamonds and lots of water and horsepower and very accurate
rotational- and feed-rate speeds.
Corian and similar products, however, no problem. But why not use a
plate completely made from solid surface? (Make sure it's an acrylic
composition, the polyester variety is too brittle to be safe.)
On 22 Feb 2007 09:10:49 -0800, "Todd the wood junkie"
I did the same with corian. very nice smooth and flat top but also
quite noisy. have since got a shaper and gave the RT away but built a
smaller one for occasional use when i did not want to change a setup.
the small one is MDF and is a whole lot quieter and has much less
vibration. I hate MDF but i have to admit that it has some redeaming
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