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Old 10-24-2008, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default covering the top of a work bench???

Yesterday I spent the afternoon honing my carpentry skills making a new storage/work bench. I intend on making one more like this one and want to add a black rubber mat to the tops of them.

Anyone know where I can find this? Just a smooth black rubber covering that will not absorb oil or moisture.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: covering the top of a work bench???

Home Cheapo - probably Lowes too - sells rubber mat by the yard. It's sold as hallway runner. smooth on one side, ribbed on the other. Not exactly sure how wide it is, but I think it would fit the bill.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: covering the top of a work bench???

ditto, that's exactly what I used, got it at Lowes. It was 36" wide as my bench is 30" deep. I used it rib side up. You could probably glue it down with laminate glue if you wanted, my bench has 10 coats of polyurethane on it that I wanted to semi protect.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:32 AM   #4
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I use it for drawer liner. It's $1.97 a running foot. Both Lowe's and HD carry it.
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:55 PM   #5
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That's what I did with the cut offs.
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Anyone got any reports on how counter top laminate holds up to carb and brake cleaner?
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:38 PM   #7
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Surplus rubberized conveyor belting. I used Corian solid surface on my last one.
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:42 PM   #8
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Rubber roofing material? Probabaly cheaper buying the stuff at HD/Lowes though
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Anyone got any reports on how counter top laminate holds up to carb and brake cleaner?
I've got the laminate in my workshop - and use Brake Kleen on everything. Hasn't bothered the laminate in 2 years. I'll even clean it with Brake Kleen. I've got the preformed stuff so there are no open edges - that would be my only concern. Heck - it was about the same price as mdf-and it's ready to go with a backsplash & all. I don't bang on it though - I've got a piece of sheet steel attached to some mdf if I've got to bang out bearings or something.

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I have a friend who built plywood shelves and covered them with black laminate. He used the sheet stuff, so the edges were trimmed in it, too. Absolutely no problem in a semi-pro drag racer's garage/shop. We built and ran several cars out of that shop from Super Gas to Pro Stock, and would throw heads and transmissions up on those shelves to work on them.

The laminate survived brake kleen, gas, gear oil, etc. with absolutely no problems. I'm considering the same for the workbench I'm building.

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Old 12-08-2009, 03:05 PM   #11
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My transmission rebuild bench has a sheet metal top - went to a metal shop and had them bend one up. $25 for a 2x5 piece folded to cover the edges of the MDF.
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Tractor Supply Company, SKU #5040819 - 48" x 96" heavy duty rubber mat in a roll, 1/4" thick.
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Thanks everyone I was thinking of useing counter tops , but wanted to be sure it wasn't gonna melt with carb or brake clean..lol
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