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Forum topic by abooboo posted 07-14-2011 03:05 PM 983 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2011 03:05 PM

Hey folks, new here and already seeking advice. I am making part of a 2 car garage into my workspace. I plan on reloading ammunition and having a small project workspace also. My question is about a workbench that will be covered with a pre-formed laminated counter top(the fuax granite look) I want a 12’ long top with 3/4” plywood under the top. I’ve already have the benches that I will use for the reloading, this would be for light repairs and cleaning. Any suggestions most greatly appreciated. Thanks to all, this seems like a most informative website!

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#1 posted 07-14-2011 03:11 PM

what exactly is the question though?

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#2 posted 07-14-2011 03:16 PM

If the question is will laminate work for general purposes, sure! It’s cheap, stable, and easy to clean. It doesn’t exactly have tons of “charm” and it can be a bit slippery. It’s not great for withstanding great clamping pressures. Moisture will kill the MDF. Go for it!

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#3 posted 07-14-2011 03:16 PM

Expensive top for a work bech, I’d go with a sacrificial top of tempered hardboard

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#4 posted 07-15-2011 02:04 AM

or just give the 3/4 ply a good coat of poly. Save the laminate money. (that’ll buy booze)

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#5 posted 07-17-2011 04:11 AM

For me the tempered hardboard is the choice. It is relatively durable and when it gets beat up, you replace it. Mine has a hardwood border and the hardboard sits flush. You can paint it white or any color you want. All you have to do is make holes in it for the bench dogs.

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#6 posted 07-18-2011 01:01 AM

Also, consider looking into the “Roubo” bench and vise systems. Very handy.

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