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Forum topic by Jackietreehorn posted 11-20-2013 10:35 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jackietreehorn

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11-20-2013 10:35 PM

Thinking of re-building my shop table, and I wanted to seal off all the carcasses front and back just because the ambient moisture in the shop sometimes creeps up and I’d hate to go through all the work to have something swell. Most likely going to build carcasses out of 3/4 particle board just because it’s the least expensive sheet material I can source. I’m guessing white primer would be the cheapest, any other thoughts?

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 11:48 PM

Are you speaking of shop tables with existing structure and just enclosing the legs?
I’d use exterior grade plywood, 1/4 or 3/8 for that.
Particle board would have to be thicker and therefore would cost nearly as much.
I’d even rather use MDF or masonite (hardboard) instead of particle board.
I’m not a big fan of particle board if you haven’t already guessed that.
White or tinted primer would be good.

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 11:50 PM

I sometimes use the bargain extras and returns rack at the local True Value. For $10 you can often find a gallon of latex paint to use as primer. You can’t be too picky on color (I wonder why I own so many yellow and green jackets).

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 01:18 AM

I would use MDF. It’s cheap and good for painting. I have to ask though. Do you treat objects like women?

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 03:42 PM

Apparently my ipad hates posting to this site, sorry for duplicates

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 03:43 PM

Apparently my ipad hates posting to this site, sorry for duplicates

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 03:44 PM

Apparently my ipad hates posting to this site, sorry for duplicates

-- www.nobleprojects.blogspot.com

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Jackietreehorn

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 03:44 PM

(Original reply) I’m not a fan of particle board either, but @ 10$ sheet for 3/4” it’s the most economical (craigslist). I figured white primer or paint the cheapest way to seal, I was just thinking maybe someone had some crazy special formula like adding some bonsai root extract to shellac with a teaspoon of cinnamon ;)

You can see by size of table why I need to use particle board to save $$

And @ firefightonside, of course I treat objects like women

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