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    New top for a tired worktable

    I have three of these folding worktables, that I can buy at Canadian Tire for $18, although they have sometimes gone on sale for $9.99. I find them very handy, but they are made of MDF, and after a lifetime of being exposed to rain and other nastiness, the tops wear out. I decided to replace the top on my oldest and dearest, and I thought Oak or Maple would be nice, but a 5" x 1" x 6' was over $20 at the HD. So, I settled on pine. I drilled dog holes to a slightly different and, I think, more useful pattern, cut a groove down the centre to hold round objects, and slapped on some spar varnish. I think it will do.

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    It has one coat of spar varnish now, it will have three. The second picture is what the top had come to, sitting on top of a newer folding worktable. Now I guess I should make something with it.
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    Roger


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    That's a big improvement there for sure.
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    I love it when a plan comes together.

    Looks great.

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    New life for an old table....that will do just fine

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    I have one of those types of tables, mine is a Black and Decker from when they first came out. I have used it and used it over the years. They are very handy. Mine could use new tops, especially since I have seen how nice yours looks with the retrofit. Nice job.
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    I had one of the B&D Workmates. Used it a lot, but don't know what happened to it. These are really cheap, but they stand up to pounding, and hold things well while I plane or hammer.
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    Looks nice, Roger. I'll bet the pine lasts at least as long as the MFD did. I have a Workmate that could use a new top treatment like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    ...The second picture is what the top had come to... Now I guess I should make something with it.
    It's dead, Roger.

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    Re: New top for a tired worktable

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    Now I guess I should make something with it.
    Yup, kindling.

    New tops look great!
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    It's dead, Roger.

    [putting my hand on your shoulder] Sometimes we have to let them go, man.

    Actually, I meant I should make something with the NEW top, but that was funny!
    Cheers,
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