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#1 posted 02-13-2012 03:52 PM

Martyn, the faces of MDF are indeed very smooth, but there’s no need to rough them up first; they’re still very porous and soak up glue just fine. I’ve built many MDF laminations and always just used plain yellow glue with no surface prep.

To the OP, you should be able to special order white laminate from HD or Lowe’s.
As for the general process, I would first cut the dp table to rough size, layout all the hardware areas (t-track, etc) and use countersunk screws to hold the MDF together while the glue dries, taking care not to put any screws in the path of the hardware. You can leave them in or take them out once the glue dries.

I would then trim the dp table to final size, glue hardwood edging on, and THEN laminate for a seamless work surface.

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