A good friend of mine gave me 6 poplar panels. They are made of
1"x1"x3",glued and edge jointed poplar. Not sure if they have biscuits
along the edges or not. They're 23" wide, and the length varies between 76"
& 78". Perfect size for a work bench. They've also been sanded to about a
60 grit finish.
My idea was to get a sheet of 3/4" MDF, and glue/laminate 2 - 3 of these
panels onto one side of the MDF for the work surface of the bench top, and
rip one of the panels down to 12" - 13" and place it next to the laminated
panels on the MDF for the tool tray. I'll then add a bench dog strip, end
and side caps, etc.
My question is can you glue these poplar panels to the MDF? I looked at MDF
at Lowes yesterday, and the surface seemed really smooth.
Will Gorilla Glue work, or should I consider something else?
Not sure how to compress the panels across the face - I thought of using
2x4's, on edge extended out over the panels, and using my clamps to compress
the extended ends. Any other ideas?
Do I need to figure out some kind of mechanical fastener to hold the panels
together and tie them to the MDF?
Thanks for your input and suggestions - There is so much experience here,
and I greatly value the input I receive.