Sign of the Times

It is with sad news that I must report that a favoured company of mine, in Bristol, is no longer trading. It was at Bristol Decorative Surfaces, back in 2008, where I purchased a full 10ft x 4ft sheet of Formica laminate to build an MDF-based bench-top router table. I don’t know when this happened but, we have another victim in the gruelling fight against the global Recession.

This news only came to my attention as I was getting ready to order another sheet, recently, for my up-and-coming router table project (this time, a floor-standing one). Plastic laminate is an excellent material for friction-free feeding off timber through or past a spinning cutter. Several people, after finding this blog through relevant search results, have asked me where I could buy a sheet of Formica in the Bristol area… Sadly, I no longer know of where to look myself. There aren’t may other local options (clearly) available online.

If you know of another supplier or, perhaps you have your own suggestions then, please, leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

Thank you for reading.

Pillar Drill Table

Up until the sharp drop in temperatures around here recently, I was discreetly working away on a new table for my Axminster ED16B pillar drill. It’s surprising how long it had taken to get to the stage you can see in the first photo, below… Working only two-days each week due to work and other commitments, I reckon it took the best part of three-weeks to get this far – and, I’ve still got some work to do on the fence!

Step inside and I’ll show you some of the main features of this design so far, while also explaining my reasoning behind them.

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