Redoing bench top... thoughts?

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Forum topic by MattyMattAg posted 01-10-2015 05:10 PM 832 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2015 05:10 PM

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My work bench is made up of 4 layers of sheet goods. 2 sheets of OSB sandwiched by 2 sheets of 3/4” cabinet grade plywood.

The table top is starting to get some wear. I’m wondering a couple of things…

1) Should I trim the edges of the table top, leaving a 1/4” inset above the table top, and put a new 1/4” surface down?
2) What 1/4” surface should I use on top?
3) Is there any reason to secure the new surface to the old top, or just let it float in the inset created by the trim?

As always, thanks for the help!!

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 06:36 PM

Lots of guys use hardboard, AKA masonite. I know it comes in 1/8 and 3/16, I think it comes in 1/4 too. You can buy it at home improvement stores. You shouldn’t need to attach it. You could also use 1/4 MDF if you want. Both are cheap and easy.

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 06:50 PM

+1 for hardboard, & yes to #3 inset it

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