Anyone have a cheap source for 3/8 in. phenolic sheets sutable for making
router table inserts.
It seems that $35 is the going rate for precuts at woodworking sites and $36
sq ft at plastic suppliers is the best I can do.
When you say precut, are you talking about rounded corners and holes
drilled, or just cut to the overall rectangular size? I just called a
buddy of mine who works for AIN Plastics. There's a $75 minimum, and
they'd charge you for a 12" x 12" piece, but the price per, forgetting
the minimum, is about seven or eight bucks for a square blank of 3/8"
paper based phenolic. Canvas based is more. So if you bought ten of
them to cover the minimum, maybe sell some to your buddies, that's
Here's a guy selling sheet on eBay:
It'd be about $40 with shipping, and you'd only get two with a fair bit
I was talking about the blank round cornered precuts.
Do you know if typical plates you buy from woodworking suppliers are paper
or canvas based?
Lee Valley wants $32.50 for a 16x24 sheet of 1/4".
I've had this in my table for a year now with no sagging, although I did
make the cutout for the router as small as possible to maximise support
for the insert.
If you can make do with 1/2", corian sink cutouts ought to be cheap. I got
a big pile of them for free last year. I just made a router table out of a
large sheet of corian, and it has been fine so far; should work for a
On 3/10/2006 1:25 PM Toller mumbled something about the following:
I've just been told about a huge piece of corian at one of our offices
that they are throwing out. I told them to hold on to it, I'll be there
next week to pick it up. It's a pretty good size chunk and kinda
awkward shape, but I think I can get me a decent router table out of a
piece of it.
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