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#1 posted 05-24-2012 08:07 AM

V – The basic structure of my bench is a solid core door with particle board as center. It lasted me 10 + years as a good bench and it would still be OK except I got to thinking about things like end vise and face vise etc. I did satisfy all my wildest dreams on a budget (retired now)., as mentioned above, has my bench details in post #315 of that thread. Another thread in this same forum is also happening called workbench top assembly.

But a basic answer is yes – you can use a typical door as your workbench top because it as flat as a pancake. It not as pretty as a $4000 European bench and not as solid, but my cheap bench does it all. One consideration you have to think about is its’ weight. My bench sits on a simple 2X4 frame, but I built it into the floor so it never moves. You can screw it down or add lots of weight in the bottom if you plan on using your door as a workbench. But go for it – doors make perfect workbenches!

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