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Michael Little12/07/2018 13:11:13
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I have recently had my new shed and have built a collapsable work bench, however I was wondering if there is anything I can coat the top in just to try and give a hard layer of protection?


Engine Doctor12/07/2018 13:15:02
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A sacrificial layer of chip board screwed down . It can easily and cheaply be replaced when it's too tatty.

Geoff S12/07/2018 13:39:55
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My benches are covered in lino offcuts. They've lasted for many years (not sure how many but definitely over 20).


Robert Cracknell12/07/2018 13:46:15
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I put a sacrificial layer of oiled hardboard over mine, not too thick and easily replaced and the oiling help prevent spilled glue etc from sticking to it.

The Wright Stuff12/07/2018 14:14:23
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It might depend a little on what you want to use the bench for, and what you want to protect it from, but +1 for just using something sacrificial.

Plasterboard is good for pinning into...

Card / newspaper perfectly adequate for paint splashes...

Otherwise, cheapish plywood, mdf, hardboard or chipboard, as above. You could seal it to make it last a bit longer...

spudsy12/07/2018 15:02:11
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Not protective I know, but I recently painted my worktop with 3 coats of white emulsion. It has not only brightened up the whole room but also made it an awful lot easier to keep an eye on the bits and pieces.
Kevin Wilson12/07/2018 16:24:12
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My previous bench had an offcut of 6mm mdf which lasted well. Soaked up bashing. Cutting and solderibg very well. My latest bench has varnished 6mm mdf which I am not sure was worth the extra treatment.

My woodwork bench is topped with oiled hardboard which is a good alternative to mdf and ready finished.

Simon Feather12/07/2018 16:51:50
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Mine has removable boards on it made of 1/2" veneered MDF offcuts from a kitchen refurb, to which have been glued two thicknesses of (sacrificial) cork tiles, good for pinning into and absorbs scalpel cuts when trimming, and the boards can be moved around to get the best fit as needed depending on the job in hand e.g. wing building, or to form basic shooting boards for sanding edges, or whatever. Very flexible and easy to replace a tile if one gets too bad. The cork tiles came with a surface treatment as they were intended for bathroom use.

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