I have a commercially made router table made out of 1 1/8 inch particle
board for use in my table saw as an extension table. The top is
laminated but the edges and bottom are not. I would like to to edge the
sides with 3/4"x2" oak. Would pocket screws and glue be a good way to
IME, biscuits and glue would be a better method, but pocket hole screws will
work. The biscuits would make it easier to flush the top to the edging by
referencing the appropriate surfaces.
You should also realize that by making the edging thicker than the top, you
will be making it difficult to clamp to the table.
Spoken like a man/woman who never tried to clamp anything to a standard
drill press table, or any table whose edge is thicker than the table top
itself ... don't look now, but you missed the point entirely.
As you said "by making the edging thicker than the top you will be making IT
difficult to clamp to the table.
I presumed that "it" in this sentence referred to the object of the
Now I see you were trying to say something entirely different. I agree that
a flat surface on the bottom of the table is quite desireable.
I agree with using the biscuits and glue but if that is not an option then
consider this. Using screws and going into the edge of particle board may
not be the best approach. But if you drill some dowel holes from the bottom
side up towards the top (but do not go thru the top) and then plug them with
hardwood dowel material - the screw will have cross-grain to grab into and
have a greater grip. Less chance for stripping and pullout. Also a good
chance for you to try some poly glue (Gorilla Glue, etc.) since the particle
board is so porous. Dampen the edge of the particle board and apply the
poly to the oak edging. Apply, clamp and then screw it down. I would use
trim screws. Pre-drill the oak with the right size bit and when the trim
screws are installed, countersink them just enough so you can fill the small
hole with some wood filler. The trim screw heads need a square drive so be
sure to pick one up. As I recall the small screws (1-5/8" long) use a #1
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