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Bench surface finish question?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Charlie1022, Dec 25, 2012.

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  1. spoogie

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    When I rebuilt my bench, I glued/screwed an old piece of white countertop to it. Prior to this, it was cheap plywood, which caught powder, carbon, etc. and sucked. So I got some of those paper thin cutting boards that come 3/$3 or whatever. One other option I considered is those 1' square linoleum/vinyl floor tiles. You can pick your color, and they aren't dent proof, but you can stick a new one on every 1 or 5 years if you're really having that big of issue. My press is mounted to a cantilevered 2x6, about 6" from the front of the bench, so mounting through the countertop isn't an issue for me.

    Recently, when considering building a bench for laundry folding, I think I will go the tile route, but countertop is cheap, too, and you can get the kind with a backsplash built in if you blow the $40 for a new piece. Still haven't decided.

    One example of countertop from Menard's.

    Example of tile from Lowe's - obviously a preferable design would be one without grout lines.

    -S
     
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  2. goathollow

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    If you like white you could consider high density polyethylene. It's the stuff cutting boards are made of. Last time I checked a 4'x8' sheet was about $150. Not cheap by any stretch but nearly indestructible.
     
  3. Pacsd

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    decades ago one of our electronics shops was replacing their antistatic floor mats. Got my hands on a pretty good bunch before it hit the dumpster. Covered my work bench and reloading bench with it. BTW, wouldn't Rhino covering (truck bed liner) be a bit rough? I'd think it would be a pain to brush of any spilled powder, dust, etc.
     
  4. GLOOB

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    If you're talking about MDF, then I'd say you're putting the cart before the horse. MDF can barely hold its own weight. Glue n screw a piece of 3/4" plywood over the top while it's still straight, then think about a finish. My bench just gets some paste wax, periodically. To really seal in the dirt. :)
     
  5. drturi

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    Two pieces of 3/4" plywood glued together then cover with peel and stick floor tile.
     
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