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06-17-2015 02:51 PM

Hi LJs

I just bought a pack of oak laminate flooring to resurface my mdf topped workbench and I’m wondering should I run the planks in the long direction of the workbench or should I run them from front to back.. I’m not sure it matters except one way will mean more cuts!!!

Any tips or suggestions welcome??

-- Ed


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#1 posted 06-17-2015 02:58 PM

Don’t think it matters

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#2 posted 06-17-2015 03:04 PM

Front to back would be more stable and fewer joints.

I might be tempted to seal the whole thing with poly afterwards.

Laminate flooring does not take kindly to moisture\water.

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#3 posted 06-17-2015 03:09 PM

Assuming this is the click-together HDF/laminate flooring? I would glue it down lengthwise. I think the longer lengths, and ability to stagger joints, would make the flooring less likely to have separation issues along the joint lines as you bang on it.

Front to back might be fewer joints, but you don’t get the benefit of staggering the joint lines, and if one run starts to come up, the one next to it doesn’t have the benefit of another piece along the same edge providing some support.

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#4 posted 06-17-2015 03:13 PM

No comment on the direction, but I’d worry that the laminate flooring would be slippery in work-holding applications. No doubt it’s durable though.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 06-17-2015 03:19 PM

Not necessarily laminate, but RichGreer used Bamboo flooring in his. I had messaged him about it, and he said he glued it down, and it is important to build it inside a perimeter, and this makes sense. That would protect the edges of the flooring. You could glue it down, leave a slight (maybe 1/8”) overhang, rout it flush with the MDF and then apply your perimeter.

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Maybe he’ll see this and chime in.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 06-17-2015 05:27 PM

Well I just finished the laminate top and it came out awesome…

Next I’m going to trim it to hide all the layers to the top

-- Ed

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#7 posted 06-17-2015 05:37 PM

Well based on the time stamps on these posts, that didn’t take long at all. And it looks great !

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#8 posted 06-17-2015 05:54 PM

LOL. 2.5 hours between the initial question, and the completed effort. We’re going to get you an award for “Most Efficient LJ Ever”

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#9 posted 06-17-2015 06:11 PM

Thanks guys

-- Ed

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#10 posted 06-18-2015 01:29 AM

Ed, having laminate on my floors let me give you some tips. The surface will dent if it receives a heavy blow (hammer head). Also watch for sharp objects, it will leave a ding on the surface. As timber tailor said, don’t let water stand on it. I don’t know if poly will stick to the surface, but I might keep a coat of floor wax on it

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#11 posted 06-18-2015 01:59 AM



Ed, having laminate on my floors let me give you some tips. The surface will dent if it receives a heavy blow (hammer head). Also watch for sharp objects, it will leave a ding on the surface. As timber tailor said, don t let water stand on it. I don t know if poly will stick to the surface, but I might keep a coat of floor wax on it

- greg48


Thanks I’ll bear all that when I’m using it…

-- Ed

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