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Forum topic by cajunworkshop posted 02-08-2018 02:56 PM 285 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cajunworkshop

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02-08-2018 02:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: top for a garage floor cabinet

Finished a 60 inch cabinet placing on the floor of my garage. Standard width of 24”. Wanted some ideas for what type top to put on it. In my garage so not looking at breaking the bank. Will be used for doing occasional things. I have a full workshop in my backyard.

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 02-08-2018 03:34 PM

Are you going to be using it like a workbench or is it mostly for storage and platform for bench tools (grinder, sander, etc.)? If not a workbench, the sheet goods like plywood, MDF or even melamine would be fine. If workbench, I would probably consider laminating some wood strips to make a top about 1 1/2” – 2 inches thick.

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#2 posted 02-08-2018 03:45 PM

No not a workbench storage and the occasional need for a counter to hold something to work on

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 02-08-2018 03:54 PM

Then any sheet good will be fine. It will depend mostly on how finished you want it to look. You could even use particle board and apply your own surface material. You could even put sheet metal on the surface (and wrap around the edges), though that is not friendly for woodworking tools.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 02-08-2018 04:45 PM

Laminate is probably best.

or plywood painted or coated with poly .

MDF soaked with BLO is a cheap (but not very durable) top. Do not use a wet area.

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#5 posted 02-08-2018 05:03 PM

I have used a couple of layers of MDF.
The bottom layer screwed & glued to the cabinet and the top layer screwed to the bottom layer so it can be replaced if needed. I applied several coats of poly to protect it from oil drips, spills, ect.
It really soaks up the poly but it has lasted about 20 years so far and it’s still nice and flat.

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