I’d like to know what sort of success folks may have had making a workbench top as follows: I have a solid core flush door that I want to layer up with plywood. This will be my first woodworking bench for hand tools so my “method” or style is not defined yet. Therefore, I’m not ready to invest in the 3” maple top. I’m just looking to use what I have to get a start so I can feel my way around it. I already have a large Wilton vise that I bought used and I’m willing to use clamps to help other clamping needs to the bench. The second vise will come with the next bench, if necessary.
I have some sturdy-floor plywood, 1-1/8” thick that has a decent side and I’m considering putting that face up on top of the door. Alternatively, I can cut the plywood a little wider than the 24” wide door so there will be a drop for a tool tray. I think this would require a third layer of 1/4” hardboard to top off the door. The door veneer is pretty slick, as is. Will the door and the plywood stay glued together or will different expansion/contraction rates cause problems?
- Yes, mdf seems to be sheet of choice, but the Louisiana humidity is so bad that I predict it swelling considerably during the summer. I’m thinking the varied directions of layers plywood would perform better. BTW, the sturdy-floor seems to have very few interior voids.
-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"