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    Questions about phenolic?

    I came across this piece of 1/2" x 61" x 81" piece of phenolic for free. I've had it for about 9 months and was wondering what to use it for. I'm amazed that it's still flat considering when I got it it was leaning against a wall for a bout a year before I got it.
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    Any ideas on the best way to cut or machine it?

    The 3/4" piece I got for my out feed table top was a bugger to cut with the skill saw and a sharp carbide tipped blade. Smoothing the edge with a straight router bit was also a chore.

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    Router table tops. They will never wear out or sag. Yer a lucky man to have found that it is off the wall expensive
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    you do have a high dollar piece of material and router top was my first thought as well but any tabletop be it a chop saw station or another use would be great use of it..
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    I was thinking the same thing on replacing the top on my router extention wing with it along with some table saw inserts.

    The other piece I have is 3/4" thick and I used it on my out feed table.
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    It was a bugger to cut and machine and was wondering if anyone had any helpful hints or an easier way to cut/machine this material?

    Should I use a triple chip saw blade?

    What about tooth count?

    Would a spiral router bit cut it easier?

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    I have a piece of 3/4 inch. It is too big. It gets in the way. It is too good to use for something trivial.

    It is like an older computer. Too good to throw away but not good enough to use.

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    Don't know if it's the same stuff you have, but we cut a piece down at the frame shop I worked at with a diamond blade on the circular saw...the stuff we had was referred to as Bakelite, tuff as nails and produced some nasty dust. No idea for curve cuts or interior cut-outs as in for a router plate etc.
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    Looks very heavy and dense. Is it? I've got zero experience with the stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl Brogger View Post
    Looks very heavy and dense. Is it? I've got zero experience with the stuff.
    KARL ITS THE SAME STUFF THAT YOU SEE ZERO CLEARNCE INSERTS MADE OUT OF OR FACTORY BUILT ROUTER TABLES. sorry hit cap lock key not retyping its heavy and stays flat.
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    I'm planning to purchase a piece of the stuff to replace the beat up material on my General 650 table saw extension. I wonder how much it is going to cost and if I can purchase it pre-cut to fit. Right now, I don't even know who sells it in the Toronto area.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    I'm planning to purchase a piece of the stuff to replace the beat up material on my General 650 table saw extension. I wonder how much it is going to cost and if I can purchase it pre-cut to fit. Right now, I don't even know who sells it in the Toronto area.
    frank plenty of distributors LINK
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