Work bench tops

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Work bench tops

Post by perrych » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:22 pm

I'm planning a new work bench. It will be used partly for woodworking but also for general repair works. I will have a radial arm saw built in so the work top and saw table is level. Could I use a laminate kitchen work top (900mm deep) as a bench top? I guess it will be strong enough to have a mower put on it and it should be perfectly flat, also liquid proof if I drip oil/paint etc. Are there any down-sides to using this material?

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Re: Work bench tops

Post by promhandicam » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:53 pm

the only down side is that if you drill into it a few times or cut into it then the melamine will start to split and you won't have a particularly flat surface. A lot of people just use two bits of 18mm moisture resistant mdf screwed together to make a 36mm thick top. if you want you can varnish it to help protect it, or just replace of flip over the top sheet when it becomes too bad.

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Re: Work bench tops

Post by perrych » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:27 pm

Thanks for that reply. I see your point and maybe MDF would be a better bet.
I can't wait to start the project as soon as my work room has been re-roofed!

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