It's worked great for me. Be sure to laminate both sides of the work
surface to keep it flat if you're not attaching it to some sort of
reinforcement. Most Biesemeyer-style table saw fences are either MDF or
birch ply under the face laminate.
In some cases, like spot made special fences, I don't even bother to
laminate the face. I simply paste wax the MDF and use the fence.
Sure. My only recommendation would be to either leave the MDF
unfinished, or finish all sides the same way. I had an MDF/hardboard
laminated router table fence warp on me, and the only thing I can
figure out is that uneven finishing between the 2 sides led to warping.
Baltic birch ply is also a good choice, or HDPE/UHMW plastic would be
ideal if you don't need a lot of stiffness.
Where does one buy laminate anyway? This is where a bunch of people
will chime in on how they get off cuts for free from some cabinet
place or something, but where do you buy the stuff? Google just gets
me to a billion links about flooring.
> Where does one buy laminate anyway? This is where a bunch of people
> will chime in on how they get off cuts for free from some cabinet
> place or something, but where do you buy the stuff?
Just did a Google for "wilsonart".
Should get you started.
Didn't check "Formica".
There must be others.
Sorry, I mean able to buy online, in sizes that would be handy for
workshop projects. None of the Lee Valley, Rockler, Woodcraft etc
seem to carry any. I'd feel kind of silly walking into a distributer
looking for a 4"x30" piece. You'd think somebody would be selling
smaller pieces. Couldn't even find any on ebay.
What about sheet metal for a fence face? I was going to get some to
try making a small cyclone for the shop vac anyway.
I bought a Freud adjustable router fence a year or so ago. It uses laminate
fencing ...The thing I found was that the laminate would bend slightly when
running through wood, thus giving an inaccurate cut. I solved it by adding a
couple of slotted adjustable arms to the rear of each side of the fence.
Once I have the fence where I want it I simply slide the arms up to it and
tighten them down...works fine. Too bad I can't post a picture here.
BTW - I contacted Freud and told them about this, offering my solution, but
never ever got even an acknowledgment that they received it.
Recently I bought two hefty pieces of aluminium angle and plan to make a
fence, similar to the laminate one, to replace it. Once that's positioned I
can't see it flexing.
I bought one that way, when I first made my router table. Slides on an
aluminum extrusion. It's worked well enough that I haven't bothered to
install the gee-whiz, fancy fence that a neighbor gave me when he moved all
his stuff to Incra.
Pretty special, but for general use, Bob.
Yes it pivots. Plan on CD-R on the Router Table, plans for that fence
in the CD.
Pivot is the simplest design for precision & accuracy. Will offer the
critical parts, all, part or none.
Stiffener: Adds substantially to deflection resistance and clamps the
plastic down flat.
Numbers show <.001" deflection at the C/L with 25 static pounds at that
Key to this one: Cutter is damn hard to get to the operator ( a curtain
safety fence) and there are no interruptions; it is continouous.
More in a few weeks.
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