New hobby bench

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    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 ?
     
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    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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    I made this for my lad, finished it yesterday :)
     

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