Work Table Tip

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Blog entry by woodworkerscott posted 08-22-2011 10:25 PM 2494 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The advantages of using kitchen counter tops for work tables. They’re flat, non-porous, and easy to care for. Great for doing life size layout and glue-ups.
Been using them for years, really enjoy them and I find them for free. Check with counter top companies; when they do an install and take out the old counter tops they throw them away. Snatch ‘em up.
You can also buy them new, fairly inexpensive from home improvement centers. Don’t forget to ask them for the ones damaged in freight. Usually still a lot to work with and very affordable.
Thanks for watching!

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#1 posted 08-24-2011 12:54 AM

Thanks for this, Scott. What a great tip! You’re right – countertops make a TON of sense for wood shop use. Nice video, too. Countertop as worktable top as a story stick = BRILLIANT.

P.S. I’d like to encourage you to tag this post with the tag “frugal woodworking” – see the link in my signature for details! :)

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society -

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 01:50 AM

You got it. Tagged it will be.
Thanks for the nice compliments and for viewing.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 07:44 AM

Another option is going to the countertop suppliers and seeing if you can get the damaged sheets of laminate. Its fairly easy to glue them down onto an mdf top and makes for a very nice work surface if you are willing to work around a crack or something. Plus cheap or free also.

-- nate.

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