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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 07-03-2012 01:57 AM 1008 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2012 01:57 AM

I am building a workbench using a solid core door. I plan to add 3/4 in oak banding . The door core is particle board. What method do you suggest I use to attach the oak strip. Glue, screw, biscuit…all?

Thanks in advance.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 02:06 AM

Just glue and clamp. The particleboard wouldn’t hold screws well
anyway. You can nail it if you want to help position it but at 3/4”
thick nailing alone won’t substitute for clamping.

If you are short on clamps, use two and put a nail in between,
then move one and check to make sure the nail is holding it
tight. This is a bit easier with an air nailer. I use 15 ga. or 18 ga.

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 03:47 AM

Cool. Thanks

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 01:47 AM

Got the banding attached to the door by gluing, clamping and screwing through the wood into the door. It was touch and go because I was working off of a makeshift table (saw horses and another solid core door) with thunderstorms looming in the area. A whole lotta thunder but no rain. Working under a pop up canopy was a lot better with a good breeze blowing while it was 95 in the garage. UGH!

Next up is to build the workbench upside down on the bench top. That ought to be a trip.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 02:04 AM

Mike – glad you got the edging on – had I been on time, I would have suggested you do what you did. Screws hold just fine while glue is drying but I suspect they would loosen over time. My bench is a solid core (particle board) door and I’ve had it for 12 years. These doors are supper flat which is the most important quality in any woodworking bench. After 12 years of cutting, staining, drilling etc. etc. on my bench, I finally resurfaced it with bamboo flooring. I also turned my bench into a working system that can rival and even surpass those expensive European work benches in certain ease of operation. But those European do look nicer then my bench and they are more solid except for the fact that my bench was built into my workshop floor 12 years ago.

I’m posting my bench in this forum – check it out – will call it “unique small shop workbench”

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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