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Old 02-15-2019, 08:39 AM
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I am putting a new workbench top together . Basically a sheet of oak plywood (doubled up with mdf) with 1" X 2" trim edge

I will use it for fixing reels / Tinkering / working on some balsa wood models. I will not be beating on it with a hammer.
It is NOT going to be a piece of furniture but I would like to have a fairly durable finish.

Suggestions?

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Went with good old linseed oil as suggested. A couple more coats and it will look fine for it s function.

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piece of stainless sheet right over the top.
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I wonder if one of those epoxy bar top coatings would work on a lighter use bench top? My bench is old and unfinished but it gets beat up some.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
piece of stainless sheet right over the top.
1/8" or 1/4" :-)



looking for something a little less industrial.
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If you haven't purchased the materials you describe above, home depot and ikea have a 1.5" thick butcher block top in various widths and lengths for reasonable money. Just screw it on from the bottom and get to work.
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
1/8" or 1/4" :-)



looking for something a little less industrial.
Thicker the better.

If you do go with a pretty top, sheets of cardboard on top make for a nice clean work surface.
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
I am putting a new workbench top together . Basically a sheet of oak plywood (doubled up with mdf) with 1" X 2" trim edge

I will use it for fixing reels / Tinkering / working on some balsa wood models. I will not be beating on it with a hammer.
It is NOT going to be a piece of furniture but I would like to have a fairly durable finish.

Suggestions?

Thanks
I tack a sheet of hardboard over mine. Cheap [bout 10usd] and when it gets boogered up to bad spend another 10 and replace it. Hammer it ,gouge it, spill chit on it, replace as needed
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This is what I did. And had the edge bent 90 degrees to cover the edge. It works great. Sorry stainless steel.
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I used stair tread/floor paint In grey. looks clean and can easily be repainted if needed.
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I have a small bench topped with whiteboard panel for rebuilding reels, carbs, and other things that I might not remember how to re-assemble. It's nice to just jot down thing to help myself remember how something came apart.

Clean up is easy too.
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Might be able to glue down one of those fiberglass wall panels on the top.

I'd probably leave it bare, or paint with garage floor paint, if the wood is good and dry.
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Old 02-15-2019, 09:48 AM
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I used clearance 1" oak plank flooring for my bench top. It was cheap, already finished, and has worked out very well.
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You bought oak plywood. Just rub it with tongue oil or use stain if want it darker.

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The factory benches where I worked were almost always covered with HDPE sheeting. Very durable and chemical resistant. Cut to size and screw it on to your wood surface. Looks professional too.
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I used melamine board. If they get bunged up, I can replace each panel as I need to. 18 years as my main workbench and I haven't had to replace even one. The white color is good for small part visibility as well..
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I painted my model workshop table tops (solid core 30"x80" doors) white to make it easy to keep track of tiny parts that when they go "sproing!".

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Old 02-15-2019, 10:57 AM
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Boiled linseed oil on the plywood, couple of coats.
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I like the natural look. the. I still say tongue oil. Reel oil and dings from use will just add character. ......................
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Bright White mobile home wall board. Cheap and brightens up the work area.
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This. You won't regret it
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