Treatment to Toughen up MDF Table Top?

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Re: Treatment to Toughen up MDF Table Top?

Post by Harold_V » Mon May 21, 2018 1:29 am

Speaking of butcher block, a section of bowling alley would make a great table top. I'd like to have an 8' length for a loading bench.

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Re: Treatment to Toughen up MDF Table Top?

Post by RCRR » Mon May 21, 2018 9:49 am

I can attest to the hardness and durability of bowling alley....I've brought kids many times! I think my face is permanently disfigured from the resulting reaction I have when the ball falls out of the sky at such a faster rate than which it moves forward.

Anyways, one of the nearby granite quarries came up with the idea of building stone lanes for durability's sake. While they ideed succeeded in making a durable lane, the standard issue bowling ball was found to be too brittle. Thus the project was abandoned but you can still use their outdoor prototype lane today (using special bowling balls capable of the hard surface).

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Re: Treatment to Toughen up MDF Table Top?

Post by SteveHGraham » Mon May 21, 2018 10:13 am

I found a pretty impressive prefab reloading bench online for around $235. It's steel, with a hardwood (yes, actual wood) top, pegboard, drawers, and a fluorescent light. I am severely tempted. Obviously, if it works for reloading, it will work for everything else.

To make one similar to it, I would probably have to spend $200 (steel, wood, electrical stuff, hardware, paint, bandages, therapy), and I have to be honest: I can't make a steel drawer.

I already have my plastic table set up, and it's going to be useful, but it would be nice to have that reloading bench in my bonus room/man loft. ... 20N9&psc=1
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Re: Treatment to Toughen up MDF Table Top?

Post by steamin10 » Mon May 21, 2018 9:55 pm

I guess I am the one for therapy. I wont pay for the common grade of DYI junk on the market, like this bench. While it may fill the bill in some ways, the satisfaction of taking their idea and turning it into MY work station is half the fun. When you get the satisfaction of just writing a check, it becomes the answer the next time, and for me defeats the purpose of having my tools. I dont just repair, but create.

A lite over a bench is simple. One on a swing arm with a magnifier is the best for fine work. It gives you the edge for old eyes. Pegobard is very cheap, as are the hooky things. Drawer kits can be had from modular bench units. I use Crapsman extension boxes hung under the table for tool drawers.Yard sale used is good enough to drill holes into or cut down to fit. Use all that space under the top. I may be spoiled because part of the fun is finding that right commercial bench in a yard and dragging it home. I relish the things that cost me little, and serve a lot. I have no problem selling a no longer needed bench, and getting some thing better.
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Re: Treatment to Toughen up MDF Table Top?

Post by tornitore45 » Tue May 22, 2018 6:35 am

Seal the MDF with Cyanoacrylate.
After taking out a second mortgage.
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