Opinions please #1: Solid core door topping the bench

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Blog entry by curliejones posted 10-05-2012 11:46 AM 1339 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Greetings, fellow LJs. I have a puzzle that needs a solution. I built a workbench that I particularly want to roll into place for TS outfeed. I hope to soon delineate the steps taken and justify decisions to help the next guy not do so much planning. The “opportunity” before me goes like this: I have a very nice solid core door for the workbench top and a piece of hardboard for the sacrificial top. After reading the “two-sided tape” tip several times, I bought a roll. I was hoping to use the table for a general work space in addition to TS outfeed BUT – the hardboard is slick on one side (great for outfeed app) and textured on the other side (better for general assembly work). The edge band (not yet in place) will be only high enough to capture one thickness of hardboard and allow the hardboard to be slightly revealed so there’s no “catching” coming off the TS. Decisions, decisions! If – always if – it could lay flat the edge band would contain it and I could make it reversible – but that’s doubtful. Any ideas? Experiences?
At a loss for creative genius, in Roseland, LA

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 12:29 PM

You don’t have to tape it right away. Lay it on, if it stays flat great. Only add the tape as needed.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 02:54 PM

Look around at other than BORG. I found a hardboard that is smooth on both sides, a full 1/4” in thickness, and here is the killer it was $1.25 more than the big box store. I found it at a lumber yard … rember these? they still exist.
Now for my pet peve: I sotpped by the BORG for a few things and remembered that I needed a bit of poplar, went over to the rack and found they were selling it by the lin. ft. ... Whipped out my calculator and found that equated to $5.55 bd.ft. Egads!! I went to the hardwood specialty store a few miles away and bought better quality wood for $3.15 bd.ft.
On my other table i used 1/4” ply and put a piece of laminent on it, works great for an outfeed/ assembly table.
and you are right to put the banding on last to meet with what ever top you end up using.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 04:22 PM

Rather than flipping a large top, why not just make a canvas cover for it that snaps in place. A pack of heavy duty snaps from Tandy Leather is only about $3 for a pack of 10 and the setting tool isn’t expensive either. When not in use you can roll it up and store it in a small space.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 06:37 PM

You could drill a finger size hole in one corner to enable you to lift it up far enough to grab and flip over.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 07:16 PM

BigTiny thank you for opening my eyes and seeing what I have been missing all along – get a cheap drop cloth and use that, doubled over if needed.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 10:57 AM

Thanks everyone! I think I’ll try it w/o tape and hope for flat. The canvas top should give some “purchase” to wood projects if I have to tape it. So I’m supposing the slick side up for a start.

-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 11:06 AM

I’m doing the same, I put an apron around

the top with a 1/4” lip on top.

I.m using MDF and it is purely sacrificial. I hope

to get use out of both sides so I’m trusting



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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