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#1 posted 03-01-2020 02:05 PM

Take a look at tempered hard board. I’ve built a few benches that I top with an 1/8th tempered hardboard sheet, (runs like $20 for a 4’x’8 sheet) You can cut the sheet to nearly the size of the top. Secure the top with a few pieces of 2x sided carpet tape and then use a flush trim bit in the router to get it exact size. I then use a hardwood to wrap the edges flush to the top of the hardboard, and put a slight roundover on the hardwood edge. This works well to give a smooth even top for the bench that is easily replaceable when worn. You just use the existing as a template and get the flush trim bit in the router again and it’s simple to get an exact match.

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