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#1 posted 04-06-2020 09:51 PM

I’ve built worktables and workbenches using MDF for the tops. Like the weight and flatness of 3/4” MDF, but be prepared to wrestle 80lb sheets. If you want to use lighter material, I’d recommend 1/2” MDF over some plywood underlayment. If the top is going to get dinged from use, I’d screw it down so it’s replaceable when you need to.
As far as finish, I’ve simply coated the tops with 2-3 coats of paste wax. The surface is slick and easy to wipe dust from, the wax protects against most stains, and if you use the workbench for glue-ups, the paste wax keeps the glue from sticking to the top.

-- Gerry

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