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    Working with UHMW

    I just purchased a sheet of UHMW to replace the fence on my router table (the fence was MDF). I would like to hear from other people about their uses and experience of UHMW. Thank You.

    DKT

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    Dietrich,

    It's great stuff. Mills nicely, slick as anything. Best use I've found for it: router bit setups. One piece I have is dependably 3/4", good weather or bad. I get the bit height *exactly* where I want it, and run a piece through. Makes for very repeatable setups...

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    Bill

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    I have wondered how those strips are glued to the fence. In my experience you can't glue UHMW no way, no how.

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    i have it on my router table fence and works well and has held up well.. frank they use t bolts to hold in in place on mine. set up blocks fo rme are the scrap piece's that i made.. use then next time for the same setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    i have it on my router table fence and works well and has held up well.. frank they use t bolts to hold in in place on mine. set up blocks fo rme are the scrap piece's that i made.. use then next time for the same setup.
    OK, I have seen thin strips that come in rolls. Wonder about sticking that.

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    frank that stuff has adhesive already on it and it holds as well!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I have wondered how those strips are glued to the fence. In my experience you can't glue UHMW no way, no how.
    I use the wide UHMW "tape". It is very consistent in thickness and the results will be directly proportional to the flatness of the surface you mount it to. . . . ohhhh; big words
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    I do like the material and use it more for its dielectric properties than for its lack of friction. A search for gluing it to a substrate reveals "some" success with roughing up and heating the surface to be glued and/or using an epoxy like:

    West System Two-Part Epoxy
    Loctite 3030
    or
    3M Scotch-Weld DP-8005
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 12-23-2008 at 12:51 AM.



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    Frank, what applications are you using it for its insulation (electric conductivity) properties?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I have wondered how those strips are glued to the fence. In my experience you can't glue UHMW no way, no how.
    No glue, it just bolts to a metal fence. My table is a Bosch, I wouldn't recommend buying one though.

    DKT

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