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Plywood or MDF for workbench?

One factor to consider: If there is any risk that the work area becomes damp, I recommend avoiding MDF (unless it is thoroughly sealed) -- it swells and warps like crazy. I have recently suffered this ...
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How can I hide this imperfection in wood joint?

I would sand the horizontal trim at the top down until it meets the diagonal trim. You'll want to extend the sanding horizontally to make a smooth transition from "full thickness" at the ...
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What do we call this drill bit?

That bit is a countersinking bit.
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Plywood or MDF for workbench?

Both! I built a workbench over some cabinets in my shop and the bottom layer was 3/4" plywood and the top layer was 3/4 MDF. Because I wanted this particular workbench to be good looking, I ...
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Cost-effective DIY countertop/worktop

Go visit Habitat for Humanity ReStore, or local equivalent. Buy a wood-faced solid core door (you can also buy one somewhere else brand new, but if you can get a used one, far less expense.) Sometimes ...
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Is 1/2 inch hardboard more durable than mdf for a table top?

Yes. Hardboard will not expand as easily as Mdf which will also absorb liquid spills more easily. Mdf is not as compressed as hardboard. However, Mdf is good for many projects. It has clean edges ...
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Plywood or MDF for workbench?

I built my workbench over shelf units and used second hand kitchen counter top. This is of a fiberboard construction but is designed to be used in wet and potentially messy areas. Plus the top coat is ...
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Cost-effective DIY countertop/worktop

I would consider using laminated flooring as a worktop. If it gets damaged it is easy to replace.
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Cost-effective DIY countertop/worktop

Can I put a high-quality hardwood plywood on top of a cheap plywood/MDF to make a nice counter top? YES There is absolutely no reason you cannot or should not do this. It's perfectly acceptable and ...
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Plywood or MDF for workbench?

My lightwork workbench is 12mm plywood with same width supports and metal legs - it's used primary for soldering and light tinkering jobs. Second workbench is 30mm plywood on metal legs used as a ...
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