I am building a router table top and had planned on using Formica for
surfacing the top and bottom. That is until I saw the $43 price tag on a
sheet of Formica! That's a lot to pay for a sheet of material I only need
about of a third of for my project. The only thing I found close at Lowes
was some wall board that appears to be hardboard with a white plastic
coating. 1/8" thick. Will I regret trying to substitue this for Formica? I
didn't see any other types of laminate. I plan to attach this stuff with
contact cement and flush trim the edges.
Thanks for any input.
I made my router table top two years ago with laminated MDF and plywood.
While it is true that the MDF is a bit fuzzy, it hasn't swollen up yet.
I do live in a fairly dry area, so maybe if you're in somewhere a bit
more humid it could be a problem.
I don't think that will hold up well long-term. Keep looking around....
some places sell partial sheets of formica. You might also check with a
countertop fabricator in your area. They should be able to sell you a
piece left over from a job.
That is a good suggestion. Make sure you ask for GP, not the post-form
A few years ago, I bought 100 sheets at $8.00ea. Many of the
discontinued colours were fugly. Many were nice enough to sell at a
healthy profit. All the fuglies were used as backer sheets. In
retrospect, that was a gloat.
Colours are discontinued all the time. Call your local distributor of
Arborite, Wilsonart, Formica, Nevamar.
Home Despot uset to carry cut sheets of laminate for a reasonable
price, but they seem to have discontinued this for some reason, at
least locally. Might want to check.
Beyond that there are a couple of online options.
McMaster has a whole range of laminates intended for industrial use--I
doubt you'll save much over buying a sheet of Formica though. They've
got a sampler (5331K3) for $18.52.
Woodcraft carries 3/4 inch phenolic-faced plywood in 2'x4' sheets for
about 40 bucks. Rockler uses the same stuff for their $600 router
table tops. The stuff is known as "PSF" and is intended for use as
concrete forms--you can probably find it locally but getting it in
single-sheet quantities might be problematical.
I just got in my mcmaster order a few minutes ago. I got some of the
Garolite XX, in 24"x36"x1/32" sheets for about 10 bucks a sheet. It's
pretty shiny on both sides so I'm not sure how gluing is going to go,
I plan to rough it up first. It's a medium reddish brown color.
Depending on the size of your top, probably not worth it unless you
are ordering other stuff from them. They have a really good price on
link belts and I picked up some 8 oz press fit cans for transfering
finishes to, among other stuff.
Thanks all you guys for the suggestions! What a helpful group!
I think I will try to find some scraps somewhere, even if they are fugly.
If that doesn't work out,I will try some of the online suggestions.
-Walter (wood butcher in training)
IF the table you are building is of the right size, you might consider
building it out of pieces of an old countertop that is being ditched in
a remodel job. I've reused some of these that were still in great
On Thu, 15 Feb 2007 00:17:01 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org (Ron Truitt) wrote:
He might try to find a suitable Onyx's counter top or rectangular top slab at
Habitat stores. Before we moved last year I bought a new unused slab at Kansas
City's Habitat stores for $10 and sold it for $15 at a moving sale. I was
planning to use it for a new router's table, but decide that it was too much a
hassle to bring it along.
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