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

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WoodenDreams

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#1 posted 10-09-2020 03:44 AM

One of my friends used 3/4” plywood for his benchtops. easy to ding-up.

I don’t use plywood and MDF much for customers. But, I’m frugal, built my work benches with 2×4’s and MDF shelves and worktops. My workbench tops are 3/4” MDF. If they get wear on them, I can unscrew them from the frames and screw on another sheet.

For my assembly/glue-up station I use a 2”x24”x96”’ melamine workbench top, sitting on two saw horses. durable enough so it doesn’t bent in the middle with weight on it sitting on the saw horses. Able to clamp easily with cauls, easy to scrape excess glue off it and clamp things to lay flat. Got it at Menards three years ago, they no longer sell this, but it’s similar to this https://www.menards.com/main/tools/tool-storage/workbenches/dakota-trade-8-reversible-melamine-workbench-top/1362257/p-1444428167542.htm

Another advantage with Melamine worktop is you can use a dry erase marker on them for making notes, writing measurements or diagrams and then erase off with rubbing alcohol or window cleaner.


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