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Forum topic by MikeOB posted 1703 days ago 761 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1703 days ago

Going to attempt one of my first woodworking projects being a decent workbench.

For the 2 open shelves it asks for 3/4” birch plywood. Do I use the MDF core or the veneer core?

Cost is pretty much equal…what do you prefer?

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#1 posted 1703 days ago

If it’s almost the same I would use veneer core. Just MOI.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 1702 days ago

I use veneer core. I try to avoid MDF as much as possible but I have used it in the past :)

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#3 posted 1702 days ago

Although MDF is more stable than most plywoods, it is also heavier. MDF is frequently used for shelving, but plywood is most often used for furniture grade projects. IMO its a toss up for workbench shelving. I tend to like to use plywood myself.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 1699 days ago

I bought the Veneer today

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#5 posted 1699 days ago

Good move, you most likely added at least a couple of weeks to your life span.


-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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