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Old June 23rd, 2013, 01:50 PM #11
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If you disregard the suggestions and go ahead with your thick MDF, that stuff is friggin' heavy. I hope you have some big friends.
Exactly. Thick MDF is really heavy. 0.75" is bad enough. Don't expect to lug around 4'x8' sheets of it by yourself. Ain't gonna happen without risk of serious injury.
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And it is not as stable as plywood.

And if it ever gets wet, it expands and comes apart.
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 08:14 PM #13
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What size is your top going to be? I picked up a 24" x 48" x 1-1/8 thick top at Lowes for less then 30 bucks if memory serves me.

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I have two 60"x16" sheets of 1.25 MDF with dark walnut veneer.
Came off of a Ikea Bed frame.

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I went to home depot and bougt a 24'' piece of 2x12 out of the scrap bin for $0.50. I consider that money well spent. It is very solid and when finished off with a sander and some stain looks very good.
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MDF is horrible for work surface since anything spilled will be absorbed and ultimately break down the resin that binds the fibers. I would go particle board if you have to be cheap, plywood if you have some cash and if you want something really nice a flush solid slab door if your work surface is 36 x 80.
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..again, original plan was plywood topping the MDF. Read the whole thread. Thanks for all the responses. I'll mostly likely go with 2 pieces of plywood. Bench is going to be 7'x2'8" with shelving and peg board at the rear. 2 presses mounted on the top.
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..again, original plan was plywood topping the MDF. Read the whole thread. Thanks for all the responses. I'll mostly likely go with 2 pieces of plywood. Bench is going to be 7'x2'8" with shelving and peg board at the rear. 2 presses mounted on the top.
I would go larger I have similar bench setup and 36X80 gets crowded quickly.
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..again, original plan was plywood topping the MDF. Read the whole thread. Thanks for all the responses. I'll mostly likely go with 2 pieces of plywood. Bench is going to be 7'x2'8" with shelving and peg board at the rear. 2 presses mounted on the top.
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I would go larger I have similar bench setup and 36X80 gets crowded quickly.

Have you considered using a solid-core door 'blank'?????


32"x 80" or 36"x80" Doors can be up to 2" thick.
Now THAT would be one helluva workbench!!

One edge (hinge side) will be 90. The latch side will have a slight angle (where door opens/closes).
A quick pass with a router and a straight bit will take that bevel/angle off.
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For serious workbenches, I make the top out of 2x6 with a plywood top.

When you make the bench, think about making it higher than normal. It puts the presses at a better height. I forget how high and am out of town right now. I will post when I get back.

Also, don't make it too deep (wide) as it will be hard to reach things on the back. I made mine 24" deep.
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