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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 06:25 PM

Greetings Dchip….. MDF is a paper product compressed together to give a dead-flat surface. That’s why it is so much heavier than plywood, but won’t warp like ply or wood. Like PurpLev said, dogholes will work just fine, and easier to drill. You would have no problem with them. I’ve built about 5 benches using MDF for the top, and they still function great, because they are not affected by changes in temprature( from my experience, anyway). I’ve helped 3-4 guys build workbenches all using MDF, and so far, I guess, they are happy with them. Here’s a pixs of my work bench I’m using now. Built about a year ago, it has 2 coats of Danish oil, and 5-6 coats of poly. It is 3” thick (4 layers of 3/4” MDF laminated together….. it’s still going strong….
http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RickDennington/100_0792.jpg

BWW has a good point about hard maple, but it is very expensive, and hard to get (for me, anyway). Hard maple would make an excellent top just like the old artisans used to use…. high-dollar, though….. later.

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