Workshop Enhancements #2: Workbench New Laminate Top

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Blog entry by edwood1975 posted 06-19-2015 01:11 AM 1031 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: 2015 Part 2 of Workshop Enhancements series Part 3: Added the Rigid 4512 Contractor Saw to the shop »

After a year of heavy project traffic I decided to put a new cover on my workbench and I saw a lot of ideas online but one hit me as the best solution !!! Laminate floor.

I used an oak laminate with board dimensions of 5”x 50” and 7mm thick .. It was one of them boards that has a click and go system so no glue..

I laid the flooring out on the table to decide what was the best way to fit them to the table and screwed the outter perimeter and I’ll finally put a trim around the outside .

It took about 90 minutes and the beuty of it is if I need to replace a board I just have to remove the board and replace no fuss, no glue and it was a cheap way to do this only $18 for this project..

-- Ed

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 11:38 PM

Looks great, hope you post a follow up after you use it for awhile.
Good concept.

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 07:05 PM

This works awesome and although there is some little movement when trying to clamp the workpiece down it works out good and it’s very easy to clean ..
Overall I’m pretty happy with it… But I move my bench to a new part of the shop and it’s out of allighnment .. One end is higher than another resulting on a not flat surface .. I have to find a fix for that

-- Ed

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#3 posted 05-29-2016 04:02 AM

I removed it as it didn’t work out although it was a very strong work surface it began to raise in the middle of the bench and it was too slick of a surface and I was having a difficult time clamp workpieces and have it not move, anyway it’s gone and I replaced the top with Masonite

-- Ed

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