Ditto, mine is melamine. Formica would be tougher, but the melamine has been
in use for a year and a half and has only taken minor cosmetic damage. I'm
not delicate with it.
I use it as an assemply and finishing space. I wax it every month or two,
and glue/finish pops right off with a scraper.
This was covered a little while back. Melamine is fine. You can take a
look at mine at:
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I use basically the same. A double layer of M3/4" MDF. Why ?
- Added structural stability.
If I am putting a track (miter or t-slot) into the top, then I have
only 3/16 to 1/4" of material at the bottom of the board. This could be
potentially across the length (or depth or both)of the piece. Knowing
that in a spanned structure, the bottom of the span is in tension, and
thus the top could deflect,this slot area then becomes the area of
greatest potential failure. And yes I know that an aluminum track will
help prevent this, but I do not want to test that.
- Give mass to the top.
This allows the top to help stabilize the work area. Of course this
also means that when it gets moving it has more mass for momentum.
- The 'Tim the tool man" syndrome.
Bigger and heavier is better! ARGGG! ARGGG! ARGGG!
Do it once,and overdesign by at least 50%. Look at all the old churches
in Europe. They took 600 years to build, but 700 years later they are
still standing. I want my work tops to last at least 40 years, because I
do not want to have to build a new one when I am 70.
Just my humble, but annoying opinion !
Stephen M wrote:
FYI, a good, inexpensive source for double thick MDF is at resturant supply
business', they often stock used equipment, more specifically table tops and
bases. The tops are generally 1 1/2" or better and laminated, although maybe
not a very appealing color or pattern. :) They make great outfeet surfaces,
router table tops, etc. The bottoms usually have a sort of MDO paper layer to
seal up the surface which might explain why they stay to nice and straight while
being exposed to so much liquid. The last one I got already had oak banding
around the edges.
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