Hi! I have a decent homebuilt table, 3'x5', only a little bit bowed in the
center. It's mostly pine 2x4s, 4x4 redwood legs, and a 3/4" plwood top.
I've tried hardwood top panels for a surface, but they aren't good, when I
drag my monitor or tower, they gouge.
What do you suggest for a top surface? I'm thinking excelon floor tiles,
but I hope something better in the <$30 price bracket shows up.
For bench tops, I use one of two things.
1. Go to your local floor store (not a chain store) and tell him what you
want to do. The usually have scraps of kitchen counter top material they
will give you for a small job like that. Then buy the glue from him
rather than the big box stores. This sort of thing is the advantage of
dealing with home town folks.
2. Although it won't look as dressy as counter top material, for a work
bench, I have used masonite with the hard smooth side up. Has held up
real well, but does tend to stain permanently when oil spills on it.
Should work well for what you want.
I think I'd be a bit concerned about the bow in the center of your top, and
brace that and straighten it before using it.
You can buy slab door with solid core in this price range. They come with
hardwood veneer, and I used a table like that for quite a while (milk crate
legs etc.). You can also get a steel door slab for al little more cash.
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