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Kitchen worktop for a work bench top?

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by d000hg, 11 Jun 2020.

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    A while back I watched a guy build a nice work bench. Metal frame but the top was made of about a dozen lengths of 2x4 on edge, glued together to make a short of laminate. Then it all got planed smooth.

    I was wondering, it wouldn't look as nice but what about using kitchen worktop? It's quite cheap and pretty strong as long as it's supported.
    I was thinking about the idea of doubling up two pieces so you can really beat on it, fit a vise, etc. Bolt them together or perhaps glue them like a sandwich.

    Does it sound reasonable? Any advice welcome
     
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    They’d crumble surely if made of chipboard?
     
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    I have worktop as my bench. You just need to think about how much bashing you are going to do.
     

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    I also have second hand kitchen worktop as a bench in my shed. I don't hammer the living daylights out of it but, I imagine that with proper support, it would take a good bashing.
     
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    My bench is about 4 x 3 feet
    It's just 18mm chipboard cut from a single sheet and glued/screwed together. 2x1 timber as edging
    I have a 2' square of steel if I was babging on it. 4x3 frame and legs plus a 6" vice

    Kitchen worktop is ok but I wouldn't buy it for a workshop- if it's free, fine
     
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    It's any kind of leverage/twisting I'm worried about... they're pretty rugged under compression? Of curse you can buy solid wood worktops but then the cost saving is gone... unless you can find someone getting rid of one in a refit.
     
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    Go for a freebie on gumtree as regards to the kitchen worktop. Mark out where vice will be and cut this out of the the sheet of mdf then screw on the sheet 12mm mdf to the worktop. When it totally knackered unscrew and pop on another sheet.
     
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