|Forum topic by David Grimes||posted 04-08-2011 06:20 AM||2767 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
04-08-2011 06:20 AM
I will soon be building the fixed work bench along a 10’9” end of the workshop room. I have one cabinet base with drawer and 2 doors that I will use in the middle of the span, then cleat support at the ends where it meets the walls.
I had post formed laminate countertop before, but it was kitchen height (36”). I want to go 40” this time, so I’ll add 4” to the base kick of the cab.
That old top was 25” out from the wall, but i believe I want 27” depth this time. I’ll just move the cab out 3” as well.
I will frame with 2x the cleats and “joists” with short spans and almost 10” on center… and with metal brackets for strength. I will use Advantech 3/4” on top of the joists.
Finally, I am thinking that I could use some of the “handscraped” laminate that is tough as hell… I couldn’t scratch it with a 16 sinker for a customer recently. The smooth laminates can be scratched. It’s straight / flat but has a grainy surface. It will be easy to glue to the Advantech and also in the grooves of the snaplock as well. I can finish the front with a custom routed hardwood piece that will be the edge and 4 1/2” tall fascia.
If I were to want / need smooth, I would go with wood flooring. I’d have to consider a premium bamboo since it is many times harder than oak. (Not the kind that is available at Sam’s). It’s pretty pricey, but we’re only talking 25 sf or so.
Anybody done this ? Any reason why this would be a mistake ?
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia