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Forum topic by laketrout36 posted 07-30-2013 10:28 PM 1083 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2013 10:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mdf shelf shelving

I’ve come across a material for shelving on my mobile stands. I’ve come across a couple of treadmills that were being parted out. I noticed each treadmill had a platform rating of over 300lbs. With minimal effort I was able to salvage two sheets of 3/4” MDF coated with a formica material. A little trimming up on the table saw and I ended up with two sheets of very durable material for shelves. The platforms trimmed up well without any chipping of the formica material. So far I’ve used this material for two shelves, one underneath my sanding machine. And another for a shelf on the bottom of my router table that holds the large case my router combo came in.

Each one of the platforms measured approximately 36” wide by 48” long. It’s a very durable good looking product that saved a trip to the lumber store. Probably saved me $50. If it’s in great shape, I can easily cut it for my needs and dimensions and it looks good then it’s a plus.

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#1 posted 08-27-2013 04:04 AM

Plus there is the motor and belt from the treadmill which may come in handy for a future project. The salvage looks good, good save!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 08-27-2013 03:32 PM

The wood makes a nice movable assembly bench when set on a couple of sawhorses. I am trying to use
the rollers to make and outfeed stand.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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