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    MDF bench cover/finish

    Is there anything i can do to my MDF topped work bench to make the working surface more durable. Is ther enay type of veenir(sp?) or hard finish i can put on it? Thanks guys
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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    You can stick a piece of tempered hardboard (masonite) on top.

    Jay

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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    I've got a sheet of 1/4" masonite on mine, screwed down around the perimeter. When I stain or chew it up, a dozen or so screws later I have a new top.

    Mals

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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    Two words: Brass screws.

    -- Tim --

    Lesson: An aptitude adjustment.

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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    Why brass?

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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    Don't know exactly what TD had in mind, but I'm guessing he recommends brass because they're soft. If you drive your chisel into one, you might get away without having to regrind it.

    Jay

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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    Yep, that or your sawblade or your bradpoint drill bit or any manner of other edged woodworking tool that'd be dulled or damaged by steel - or that'd make the steel (or carbide tips) go ballistic.

    Brass is nice for that.

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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    Thanks guys

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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    Even though this thread was started a couple of weeks back, hopefully I can get a response without posting a new thread. See some people actually do use the search feature.

    I have the MDF and 1/8" tempered hardboard. What are the thoughts about using carpet tape or hot glue as opposed to screws? Thought was why bother with screws if a reversible adhesive will do the job. Bench top will be trimmed with ash.

    One last thing, there isn't any reason to finish/seal the MDF if you're covering it with hardboard, correct?

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    maurice
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    RE: MDF bench cover/finish

    Whatever holds her down is my opinion. Give carpet tape or hot glue a try. If it doesn't work, you can always drive some screws in later.

    Can't answer your question about sealing/finishing MDF - I don't work with the stuff, so I don't know anything about finishing it.

    Good luck!

    Jay

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