|Forum topic by dw1015||posted 123 days ago||467 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
123 days ago
Ok, i am still fairly inexperienced, I have done a few small projects in the past but this is my first big project. I am putting the finishing touches on my new workshop (been in progress for over a year just due to life and limitations). I am building based off of a plan that I downloaded. I went that route to work on improving my skills in multiple areas while getting a fully stocked garage workshop. Money was an issue so I am sticking with MDF for my bench top. I know there are other ways to go with the top, I’ve read all the arguments already. I figure I can always replace it when it wears out and hopefully do something better. But for now, I have some poplar that I want to use as edging on the 2-layer MDF top. My questions are about glue-up: I have read a lot about glue sizing MDF edging, is it necessary to glue size prior to attaching the poplar? I was planning on just rolling out a layer of glue on both surfaces and then attaching it with brads to keep it in line. And second, will the brads be enough to act as a clamp or should I still clamp? And lastly, if clamping is recommended and my clamp collection is limited, what would be the best way to go about clamping with minimum numbers of clamps. My largest work surface is 24×86 without the edging.
I have a thought about the clamping… I have 8 6” bar clamps that I used on another project. If I clamp them evenly spaced along the edge of the MDF and then used shims between the poplar and the bar of the clamp…. I think I remember that trick from a magazine article…
Would love to get some opinions.
-- I swear I DID measure twice...