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Workbench diy.....top ?????

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Workbench diy.....top ?????

Hey guys
I am trying to make a wall mount workbench and
Let me start by saying I don't have table saw ,sander or planer .I do have circular saw and a mitre saw .

I want the top to be 5' ×2'

Can I buy a flush door made of hardwood and can cut to the above dimentions and use it as a top .if so how durable will it be
Or can I buy really straight and flush 2×4 or 2×6 wood from lumber stores if they even sell like that and glue them or screw them together .does stores like HD or lowes sell really straight wood ?

Don't want to buy the tools that you actually need to make the top plain and smooth as sander or planer as I won't need them afterwards so want to keep the cost low .

What do you guys suggest .
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Are you building a work bench or a smooth finish table top? Get a piece of plywood and cut it with your saw. If you want is smoother, get two maybe three sheets of sandpaper and a piece of wood and block away. It's a small area, wouldn't take any time at too sand down the rough spots. If you're worried about not cutting straight, get a level and clamp it down and use it as a straight edge,

Or just get the the hardware store to cut it for you...Purchase a 4x8 sheet, ask for a 5x2 piece cut and cut of the rest however you want to fit your vehicle.

You could make every cut needed to build a house with a circular and mitre saw.
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Trying to built a workbench but prefers a smooth top ....thinking of cutting a plywood 5×2 and than screwing a piece of 14 gauge galvanize sheet on top and finishing it with moulding around at the edges
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Workbench? Are you going to pound on it? Put a vice on it? Or is basically going to be a bench you can just put things on? Regardless, it should be at least 1 inch (2.5 cms) thick.
IKEA has some real nice wooden table tops if you want a nice finish. Just screw and glue it to a 3/4 inch piece of plywood.
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Your idea of a door isn't a bad one at all. I had some very serviceable garage countertops made from solid core doors pulled from a university renovation. They were heavy and flat and smooth, plus they wouldn't dull tools like a metal surface would. You could get some at a local "ReStore" type place (building material recycling).

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I wouldn't spend the $$$ on a new solid wood door just for a workbench. 3/4" ply should be fine, assuming the perimeter is supported. 5'x2' is pretty small.
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yah best too is to use 2 layers of ply. the top can be a "Sacrificial top" so you can screw into it / hammer away on it sand etc. once it gets too beat up for your liking unscrew it and put down a new one.
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Look in the IKEA as-is section, they often have slabs that are meant to be island tops. I have one that is prelaminated particle core (both faces and all edges), about 1.5" thick, and 25"x73"
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if you want smooth, i'd go for a sheet of sacrificial MDF screwed into plywood. I know a lot of folks do not like MDF but i find that it has it's uses. it's flat, very flat and you'll not need to sand it down at all
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abstract808 wrote:
Feb 5th, 2018 10:05 am
I wouldn't spend the $$$ on a new solid wood door just for a workbench. 3/4" ply should be fine, assuming the perimeter is supported. 5'x2' is pretty small.
2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood can be more expensive than a slab door.
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Feb 5th, 2018 11:35 am
2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood can be more expensive than a slab door.
Especially with a recycled slab door... Of course, if the OP is going for a 5x2 workspace, they can get both 5x2 pieces from one door (and have some left over).
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Just a thought, if you are in Toronto you can get a membership in the Tool Library and "rent" their tools for a few days at a time (good if you need a mitre saw, circular saw, etc.). Far cheaper than buying these tools.
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What about using a bamboo countertop. It's a bit more money than plywood, but probably much stronger. I think Lowe's has a 6ft one for $175
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Pete_Coach wrote:
Feb 5th, 2018 11:35 am
2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood can be more expensive than a slab door.
Reasonably certain you can get two 5'x2' strips out of a single 4'x8' sheet of 3/4 ply.Smiling Face With Sunglasses

Around $40 last time I checked...can't see any new solid wood door slabs being around that price.

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