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    Bench Top using solid core doors

    I think one of my first projects will be a workbebch with storage below. I have seen one design which used a solid core door faced with hardboard and edged with poplar. I like what I saw, but I could use some advice on what to look for (and avoid) when selecting a door. I will install at least one vice initially, and will want holes for dogs (which I would probably rout rather than drill). I understand that some core materials may not work well in this sort of application. Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks, Tony
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    Many times you can get odd sized solid core doors for a really good deal. Just ask someone at the lumber yard if they have any unclaimed doors they want to get rid of.

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    Visit the lumber yards and the BORGS and check out to see if they have any damaged solid core doors. Another place to check is if someone is remodeling a house or tearing one down.
    I salvaged a door that had a window in it by filling the window opening, then I covered the door with two thickness of 3/4 inch MDF. This made a very solid and heavy bench. If you want a top that you can change after it gets chewed up you can add a layer of 1/4 hardboard.
    Jim

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    Tony,

    That's what I have for a workbench. I will shot a bunch of photos and post them tonight.

    As for where to get a door, the best place will be a slavage yard.

    I got my at Lowes.

    More later tonight.

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    Tony, great question and what a timely fashion! Larry just dropped a solid core door off at my place Friday and it will become the workbench top for me. Will be watching this thread for great information.

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    i found a solid core door at a garage sale last week. im planning on using it for a benchtop. got it for $10
    Als ik kan

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    I got one MASSIVE solid core door that was even real wood (not chip board) from a friend in the remodeling business. They have access to lots of spare parts

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    i started construction of my solid core door top work bench last night. i will get some pics up when its done
    Als ik kan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bartee Lamar View Post
    Tony,

    That's what I have for a workbench. I will shot a bunch of photos and post them tonight.

    As for where to get a door, the best place will be a slavage yard.

    I got my at Lowes.

    More later tonight.
    Well, an update... I call the solid core workbench, Workbench ONE. I have now completed Workbench TWO.... It took me 7 years to get here.

    Link to my build process.

    A couple of pictures...

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    The next change to my workbench is definitely going to be a twin-screw face vise. Very nice!

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