I am building a router table using two layers 3/4" plywoods with the
top and bottom Formica/plastic laminate. I am puzzle how to attach the
table top to the cabinet below?
I am incorporating plans from Internet, Woodworking magazines and
nowhere did any suggestion how I attach the top to the base or cabinet
below. This router table will be screwed onto the 50" TS fence.
I thank you for any suggestions or advice for this project.
Been there, done that. Route a few 3/4" dados about an inch down on
the inside of the cabinet sides, near the corners. Cut a triangle to
fit in these slots and glue/brad it in place. Drill a hole in it, and
use a 5/16" lag bolt up into the table top.
And thanks to the miracle of digital photography, I can show you how I
did it too:
The picture explained everything. Thanks, I really like it and I
visited your site before posting the above question.
My router table will similar but, It will be part of the extended
table from the TS. It has another layers (Formica) below the router
top. Yours table's bottom does not have the layer, do you think I
should do away with the bottom layers Formica/plastic too?
I have another question, how do you attach the bench top (hard maple
laminated top) to the wooden frame? Bearing in mind that the heavy top
(3" x 36" x 56") will move as it ages and while being heavily use.
Thank you again.
Up to you. I used oak ply and put a few layers of poly on the
underside to compensate for the formica on the top, and it hasn't
warped yet. Of course, it's also bolted to a pretty strong base ;-)
Use cleats - cut the slot 1/2" from the top, make a 7/16" deep rabbit
in a block of wood, and screw/bolt it up into the top. The 1/16"
difference leaves a gap so the screw can pull the top down. Here's a
cleat from Pat's craft table, which is a lot smaller than what you
need but will show you what I mean:
I should have said "Workbench" rather than "bench" and are you sure
the cleats will hold the top in place?
What other methods (pics) available so that I could dismantle the top
to mover or ship in two parts to reduce the weight?
I really appreciate it and thank you again.
If you make them from 1.5" thick wood, a few inches long, and use lag
bolts - sure. The photo was of a craft table, just to help explain
what I was talking about. Adjust scale as needed ;-)
If you really don't want it to move, put two pocket screws along the
top's centerline (i.e. on the same grain line) to hold it in the right
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