Leave the hole but install the bench so it is on the back side. If you're fortunate enough to be setting up a walk around bench - leave it be. The idea is to screw a top layer to the door so if you damage the top, unscrew it, remove it and replace it with a new top. My top layer is a 1/4 inch hardboard at a cost of $10.
Here are a few pictures of my bench... #1 is layers (solid core door with 1/2 inch hardboard and T-tracks screwed onto the door. The last layer is 1/4 inch hardboard which brings my surface above the T-tracks and can also be replaced for under $10.
2nd picture shows off my T-tracks which have served me very well - better then any fancy European bench with dog holes. It doesn't look as pretty but is more functional...
Picture #3 shows the versatility of my bench to do edge work (bench offers a few other options to do the same task).
Picture #4... I have a couple of miniature saw horses I can secure onto my bench so I can cut or drill work pieces without damaging my bench - I secure or remove these in less then 1 minute.
Picture #5 shows my dovetail jig secured onto my bench and it took less then a minute. I mounted the jig onto a piece of ply. I also have a few other tools and a swivel vise mounted on their own pieces of ply... all secured in less then a minute...
Its' never hot or cold in New Hampshire... its' always seasonal.
Last edited by BernieL; 11-07-2015 at 12:23 AM.