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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 08-29-2009 09:20 PM

I have 4 workbenches in my shop- 2 with solid-core doors that are 36×80, and one that is 32×70. No problems with them at all, as long as you have good support all the way around them. I put about 3 coats of quick-dry poly on them, and it holds the scratches down pretty good, if you don’t go overboard!!
My newest bench(about4 mos old), is 40”x101”, and is 4 sheets of MDF glued and screwed, and edged with 1 and 1/2×3” spruce. I put 2 coats of Danish oil rubbed in good, and after drying for a couple of days, put 4 coats of the quic-dry poly on, letting each coat dry for 24 hrs. Here where I live in Arkansas, we also have very high humidity, but it won’t get to that table. That sucker is BIG and DEAD FLAT!!! I can work on a flat-bed trailer on that dude. If you got the room—go for it!

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