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Posted on Workbench top - 1.5" wood over 1.75" solid core door

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#1 posted 09-04-2016 04:16 PM

@TheFridge I’m just a little N of Hammond, LA near Fluker, LA.

@rwe2156 the door is particle board cored with a smooth veneer and not plywood. Yes I do intend to wrap the top’s perimeter with 1 or 2” solid wood. The bench hooks that I’ve seen simply sit on top of the bench and catch the edge banding to stay in place. Do you perhaps mean Holdfasts? .......If so, insert solid wood strips between what other material? layers of MDF?

@CharlesA I’m not sure if there’s any advantage or disadvantage other than having a 1-3/4 layer (the solid core door) that is already flat. It seems that I might have an easier time laminating 1-1/2” of SYP on top of a known flat surface? Something to glue to and the 1-1/2” solid SYP might be easier to manipulate than say 3-1/4”of SYP. I’ll go to your projects next to see if you posted your workbench build and if not, would you be so kind as to respond and let me know if you followed someone else’s build that you found (that I might also access???). Might it be even easier to seal up against humidity (and movement) on an already well-sealed door? If I had a time machine, I could glue up a sample and fast forward 10 years, LOL!

I see many testimonials where guys built a bench top from mdf or a layer of mdf sitting atop a solid core door and even to their surprise, the top is holding up well many years later. I thought the solid wood top over a solid core door would be better than the mdf/door combo.

Many thanks to you all for responding to my inquiry.

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