I am (very slowly and deliberately) building a new router table from corian.
It is reasonable to rout a Tslot into the corian, rather than putting in an
Perhaps the corian is too tough to rout like that, or maybe it is not strong
enough to work properly.
The router bits are $35, so it is not something I can experiment with.
unless you are doubling up the corian i would think the remaining
material would be too thin and probly crack. what i did with mine was
make the top from 3 peices and spaces em out to form 2 slots. I rarely
use them opting to use a sled for operatons requiring a miter guage. i
wasnt concerned about making a t-slot because at the time my miter
guage did not require it. YMMV. i used 3/4 " stock mounted to the sub
structure for the spacing and used plastic laminate to build it up to
the depth i needed for my miter guage. the PL made it slide quite
nicely. i can post some pics if ya like. [ if i can find em ] lol...
Even if you double the thickness to 1" to compensate for the material
you are routing away, the top lip of the t-slot would be too
thin/fragile to be serviceable. Sink in an aluminum track with some
What's wrong with 2 or 3 pieces of 3/4 MDF laminated together (cover
with plastic laminate if you wish). Plenty thick to drop in the deepest
track you can find. dimensionally stable. Not to pricey. Will Corian
have a more distinct "buzz" from the router running than several layers
of MDF? Just wondering.
Sure I do. But I don't go to great lengths to have a museum quality
piece of furniture in the shop. The tools in the shop are to assist me
in making furniture, etc. The shop is not just the means to an end.
Doesn't mean I don't like nice tools though! :)
hey ! Hey! *jumping up and down*.."I can answer that!!"
Acrylic solid surfacing has a much higher 'Q' than MDF.
It will make a much better sound-board than MDF...
MDF will 'deaden' the sound more, due to its mass as well as its
IOW..Corian can actually make the sound appear louder at certain
frequencies than MDF.
A church bell hanging from a rope has a high 'Q'
A rubber bag full of turds hanging from a rope has a low 'Q'.
One goes 'DING'... the other goes 'Thud'
That was today's lesson in psycho-acoustics.
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I have solid surface router table top. VERY noisy. Your instincts are
correct. The motor and the table-top literally turn into a transducer.
Stiffening the table top with bracing just jacks up the frequency to a
higher resonance. Gluing on a slab of lead would be ideal. Depleted
I siliconed a pad of bitumuous mastic onto the bottom of my table-top.
That helped a lot. A dry-wall sandwich will help too.
At the auto-wreckers they will let you rip chunks of the sound deadening
material off old cars. Anything heavy and spongy will dampen noise. The
emphasis is on mass. Acoustic energy will kill itself on mass. Fluffy
stuff like fibreglass helps reduce reflected sound with minimal result,
but we're after transmitted sound.
Anyone have any comments on this a Lee Valley Tools metal router table top?
I've had it in my wishlist for awhile, but may rethink it if it's going to
jack up the noise level. Of course I could wear hearing protection, but
there's always the urge to forgo it when there's a quick job to do.
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