Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Central North Carolina
I've used tempered MDF hardboard on several bench tops, either screwed down in the corners with countersunk screws or attached with double sided tape, (not sure yet which way I like best) but the hardboard makes a nice surface to work on, and when installed so it can be replaced some day, it makes a nice wood working bench top that can be replaced whenever you decide that it needs to.
If you do neander type woodworking on your bench you will want a very solid bench under the hardboard though. I once used a salvaged commercial door as a solid bench top and covered it with the tempered MDF. The legs and framing under the door was made of 2 by _ framing lumber. It was a very nice solid door about 2 1/4" thick, smooth faced, with what I believe was rosewood veneer on both sides of it, and I think it weighed almost 300 lbs. If my memory is correct, I only paid $40 for it. I left it behind when I moved here because of it's size and weight, thinking that I would just build another, but it has just never happened. I use mostly power tools now and my pounding neander type woodworking days are far behind me.
I had built one work bench some years ago with a hp laminate top (old re-purposed coin op shuffle bowler top) and for woodworking I didn't care for it because it was a bit too slippery to suit me. It ended up being used mostly for electronics repair work, but it cleaned up easily if I got grease on it while doing something mechanical, so I used it for that type of work too.
Last edited by CharleyL; 03-15-2019 at 10:39 PM.