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Any thoughts on using a hollow core door as a top for saw horses. They are flat and light but will they hold up?
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Any thoughts on using a hollow core door as a top for saw horses. They are flat and light but will they hold up?
If you are not putting anything very heavy on top of it it will work out. It's just two sheets of 1/8" plywood with strips of cardboard edgewise between. You would have to use the door as is. There is just a 3/4" thick frame around the parameter. If you cut the door anywhere you will pretty much ruin the door.
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Any thoughts on using a hollow core door as a top for saw horses. They are flat and light but will they hold up?
Do you have a purpose for the saw horses and the door?

I've used these for cutting plywood sheets - they're very cheap (Habitat sells them for $2) and if I cut into it, I just bought 2 more.

I now use a plywood sheet base made out of 1x4's which is not as cheap but more effective for me.
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Depends on what you will be doing, as a surface for light duty projects it would be fine, however a proper workbench needs to be sturdy enough to allow one to pound on it to drive nails, cut with a chisel, etc, which your door will not be suitable for.

A better alternative would be a solid core door which can be obtained from used building supply outlets at a reasonable price.

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I have a hollow core door with folding legs attached that I use all the time in my shop. They will sag and eventually break if you overload them but it's a handy thing to have. I even put a carrying handle on the side to make it easier to move around.

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It is good enough for anything that I would need to do on a temp, saw horse bench. I have used one many times.

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An old solid core door makes a much better work top. Unlike the hollow core, you can clamp hard on it and put much weight on it.
Flat hollow core doors are good to cut into 12” width boards, slip more reinforcement into the cut edge and make lightweight shelving.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I use a hollow core door on saw horses all the time. If I'm clamping its usually on the side or top where there is wood structure. If I need a wider surface put the door away and use a set of bi-fold doors that I put on the saw horses hinge side down.

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