Making a router table or even a router plate?

Ive been looking at router tables recently and a lot of units are made from MDF and some have an Aluminum Plate for longevity but I cant help but think this could be made from using the X-Carve since it obviously can carve MDF and Aluminum.

I see the one project here:


http://www.rockler.com/how-to/horizontal-tilt-top-router-table/ - Rockler Plan Referenced

But Im thinking the more traditional router table or ever starter one like this.


Is Acrylic strong enough or is that not Acrylic material they use?

Part of me says use MDF with Melamine and if/when it wears out carve another but part of me says why not use aluminum but I don’t know enough about Aluminum strength ratings and the right carving bit to use for carving said aluminum hardness. Another part of me says buy the plate and use the XC1K to make a large table surface. I also have wonders about the screw holes as they have the V taper and if I used the X-Carve I would likely cut for panhead screws.

Here is a piece of aluminum I was looking at. I dont know if its strong enough or what carving bit and steppings.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/250-1-4-Mill-Finish-Aluminum-Sheet-Plate-5052-24-x-24-/271479805048?hash=item3f35751478:g:UFwAAOxyFrNRyQxP

Thoughts from more experienced people?

I used melamine, but it was more like chipboard with a melamine coat. I ended up replacing it just recently with a sheet of MDF just because I didn’t want to take the chance on damaging/dulling my wasteboard cutter more than necessary, and the chips looked pretty rough. The aluminum looks interesting, but flattening it to where I get the .030" dip out of the middle of mine would take forever…

I made my own with a drill press and circle cutter for my dewalt 611. I used the standard base by removing its plexi part and using the screw pattern to mount it to the plate.

I used this
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H5MYIY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

I did this before getting the x-carve however

My (unfinished) router table top is made from 40mm MDF ,18+12 laminated together with Laminex/Formica on each side. I plan to use the X-Carve to cut out the opening for the router plate which is 11mm phenolic from Woodhaven

Meant to type 25+18 (I know that’s not 40 either. Give me some leeway,it’s 2:15AM here)

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I bought this:
https://www.kregtool.com/store/c35/router-table-systems/p147/precision-router-table-insert-plate--undrilled/

then made a template on my SO2, and used it to guide my manual router using a flush trim bit (the tabletop I installed it in was too big to fit in my SO2)

bolted my old router to the underside and zip-tied the trigger buttons. The power cord goes through a table-mounted switch, which turns it on or off.

easy peazy lemon squeezy

Thanks for everyone’s feedback.

Hate to disappoint but for now I picked up a craftsman router table/router combo for $100.00 from Sears. I figure the router is worth $50.00 so I got a $50.00 router table to hold me over.

I haven’t given up on the idea and I want to work up to getting a contractor table saw and incorporating a router into the table saw table when done so I’m not consuming two tables worth of space. Thanks.