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post #21 of 28 Old 11-06-2019, 03:12 PM
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I just make my assembly table tops out of melamine, skip all the hassle
I always used Formica laminate but often thought of melamine but not sure if it would hold up to daily use.
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I always used Formica laminate but often thought of melamine but not sure if it would hold up to daily use.
Does it?
If youre beating chisels into it maybe not, but its pretty durable stuff otherwise. Holds us surprisingly well to anything short of dragging a chainsaw over it

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I always used Formica laminate but often thought of melamine but not sure if it would hold up to daily use.

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Melamine chips, laminate is far more durable.
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Isn't melamine a bit expensive?
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Isn't melamine a bit expensive?
Not in my area at least. Full 4x8 sheet of 3/4" melamine is something like $30 at the local big boxes

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Freezer paper works for me for staining and glueup. Reuse it many times. Doesn't bleed through either. 18 inch wide rolls at any supermarket. I usually tape the ends down to fight the curl. Lay down two sheets for wider projects.
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Sometimes kraft paper, other times nothing .....

I bought a roll of kraft brown paper from U Line supply and hung it on a roller in my shop. When staining I use a piece to catch the drips and drools. When gluing, I might use some brown paper also, BUT it does get bunched up and becomes a nuisance. My bench surface is coated with 3 or 4 coats of shellac, so it's easy to pop off the glue drips with a scraper. I would find Melamine way too slippery for a work surface. I don't want to have to chase my project all over the bench top when trying to attach the clamps.
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I have some cheap "silpat" mats I use, I bought the cheap ones for my wife and they were rejected so I kept them in the shop. Silicon mats used in baking, the challenge is getting larger ones as they are mostly sized to fit baking sheets.
They can be cut into strips for dandy micro shims too, if both sides are smooth. I used them to fine tune the placement of those fussy soft-close drawer slides.
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