New hobby bench


14 Nov 2010
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Retired in:- Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom
Hi, new to this section.

I'm looking to build a bench/worktop in a spare room for general hobby use & pc desk and am looking for ideas/thoughts on a build.

With about 7' x 6' to play with I'd like an L shape corner, but building in one section might be a lot easier for me - so might be 7' x 4' with a bit of shaping.

What thickness material would be strong enough to be supports by three edges only (battens on walls) ?

A local merchant has 18mm mdf? available in 8'x4' but I doubt this will work unsupported at the front. Would thicker ply or melamine cover blockboard be strong enough. It'll be basically a table top (but deeper and edge to edge) but I don't want it to sag any time soon. Height adjustable legs are possible as long as their positioning could be made flexible.
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I'd considered getting some cantilever legs but battens would work better for me.
Second link #14 but larger and without those supporting shelves/cabinet.

Would 18mm mdf be strong enough over such a larger area ?
Over such a wide span and depth you will need front support. There is no getting away from it, especially if you intend putting any kind of weight on it.
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