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This Old House Workbench

Hello,

I am building a workbench similar to the one in the "this old house" workshop. I was wondering what the top of the bench was made out of and finished with. This is the bench that they always talk around.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: This Old House Workbench

I think it's plywood, but they have pieces of bluboard, cardboard, etc. that they cover it with for different demos.
Jack

DCEnglish
Re: This Old House Workbench

It's hardboard or high-density fiberboard. The same material that they use to make pegboard. (The board with all the holes in it used for hanging your tools, etc on the wall) I used it on top of my bench and it works great. It's not expensive and the 1/4" sheet overlays your existing wood top and can easily be swapped out if needed. The top is durable, smooth and very hard....

BRycraft
Re: This Old House Workbench

The blue top is made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
I believe the episode where Tom Silva helps a homeowner make window plant boxes for the front of her home is where I recall the comment he made that this material is the same material that their workshop bench top is made out of back at the barn....
Bill

JLMCDANIEL
Re: This Old House Workbench

I believe that when ever Tom makes something for out of doors he uses MDO rather than MDF.
Jack

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