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#1 posted 02-05-2016 07:16 PM

At my old house along the back wall of the garage I had a 2 x 16 workbench attached to the wall and the top was 3/4 BC plywood covered with 1/4” tempered masonite. It had to be replaced every two years, but it s cheap, relatively tough and could be changed out very quickly as it was just stapled down. The bench was used literally for everything from automotive work to woodworking. While mine did get wet on occasion it wasn t exposed to the kind of water that could be present around a sink, overall it worked out very well for me.

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Home Depot and Lowes only carry tempered in 1/8” (or maybe 3/16” thick); the 1/4” thick stuff is regular hardboard. The same goes for the peg board. The tempered stuff is quite notably tougher. I put it down with carpet tape. Mostly it just held in place by gravity. But it does not move around and it seems fine. I guess you could put in a couple of countersunk screws if it were a problem. It would not be good around a sink however unless you sealed it and that kind of defeats the purpose of using the stuff. It is cheap and easily replaced.

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