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Shop countertops

by Sparks500
posted 09-13-2018 09:08 PM

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#1 posted 09-13-2018 09:12 PM

I used a couple short counter sunk screws instead of glue. For finish I used shellac and then wax.

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#2 posted 09-13-2018 09:39 PM

Don’t use glue. I’ve used hardboard as a “replaceable” top before, and used 1” countersunk screws, worked like a charm.

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#3 posted 09-13-2018 11:43 PM

Hide glue. Ones of it’s qualities is that is can be reheated and the parts taken apart.

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#4 posted 09-15-2018 08:37 AM

Counter sunk screws without glue may by your best option. But if you use glue, Hyde Glue is really the only glue that you can dismantle, just by using a heat gun. Also Hyde Glue will stick to Hyde glue. That’s where I got my 24”x8’ laminated bench top. but I use I as a gluing and clamping table. Easy to remove glue off the lamination.

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#5 posted 09-15-2018 03:19 PM

Yep, keep the hardboard tops removable and I recommend polyurethane as a finish, not shellac. Shellac is a great finish, however it uses alcohol as a solvent. Should you ever drop or spill alcohol on it it will melt. Polyurethane is tougher and more resistant to solvents.

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#6 posted 09-15-2018 09:34 PM

I guarantee that if you glue it, no matter what type of glue, you will never replace it. It would be far easier to make a new top than to try and separate a glued down top, even hide glue. Use screws, and then the top will be easily replaceable, if you are worried about dinging a chisel or a plane use brass screws.

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#7 posted 09-15-2018 09:39 PM

Use melamine, or cover any substrate (PB, MDF, Ply) with plastic laminate. (formica,etc…)
It will last years and years, you wont have to change it.

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#8 posted 09-15-2018 11:16 PM

+1 ^^
I have always preferred laminate (Formica) over hardboard. Much more durable than hardboard, doesn’t soak up liquids (like stains or paint), easily cleaned … and you can get whatever look you want, from marble/stone to wood/butcherblock, or just plain solids. Put down with contact cement, it will stay put – but is still relatively easy to replace decades down the road if needed.


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#9 posted 09-16-2018 01:29 AM

Ok, I was going back and forth, all good suggestions by all of you, went with simple: sheet of MDF with an overlay of white hardboard. Didn’t even know they made white hardboard, and its in stock at HD. 10 bucks a sheet, with 18 for the MDF with a little hide glue around the edges.
Formica would be great, but, I like the idea off running a screw into the top to fasten something down temporarily and not worry about it.
plus, it follows my motto: Easy, cheap, and fast….
Thanks to all of you.

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