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Posted on Choosing materials: MDF, Ply, Masonite, Laminate

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#1 posted 10-08-2020 08:30 PM

I think your cart looks and functions just fine for shop furniture. I wouldn’t change a thing. I also like plastic laminate for tops for certain functions. Several years ago, I built an outfeed table that is actually multipurpose. It is also used extensively as an assembly table. As such, I used a salvaged solid core door because it is stiff and flat. I put a plastic laminate top on it for the same reasons you stated. Glue, stain, and paint, etc, are easy to remove. Plus, it is pretty slick. So, cut-offs slide out of the saw easily. Also, I clamp assemblies down to it while the glue dries to keep it square and flat. Because of it’s expense, I don’t use laminate on everything. I have used both MDF and plywood. Each has it’s good points, but ether can do the job.


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