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Old 08-07-2013, 10:50 PM
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I have a folding cutting table that I'm using now but am going to build myself one with storage on the bottom. My original plan was to use the top from my folding one since it's nice and smooth for pinning but I'm concerned that it will be hard to drill and screw into because it's totally covered in laminate and of course I don't want any screws popping out the top. Plus it's only 1/2" thick which makes it even harder to prevent that. Would you try using it or use something else? If something else, is plywood better or mdf?
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:33 AM
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I'd probably try using it first. After all, that doesn't cost you any additional $$. If you're putting it on top of something else, just make sure you're using the proper length screws. If you are not successful with that and need to purchase something else, I'd probably go with mdf as it's more stable than plywood.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:55 AM
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I would not use it because it is probably made from either partial board or MDF and with it only 1/2" thick there isn't enough to hold the screws. I used 3/4" Birch. It's a little expensive but it can be sanded, painted, and varnished. You can check by pics for the one my husband and I built. As for storage you can use a smaller base cabinet then the ones we used even a second hand would work. Screw the top to the cabinet and if the top is longer than the cabinet make part of the top a drop-down.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:26 AM
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I wouldn't use it for the reasons above, plus since it folds it could be a secondary cutting for you.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:29 AM
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That does sound too thin to drill into and get a sturdy top. I would get 1X3 boards and ask for a permanent bonding glue that they use for cupboards. After the glue dries on the boards under the top, you could drill and screw into the wood pieces and slightly into the top.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:30 AM
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I would start new ... being that it's a folding table, I wouldn't want to lose it for other possible uses.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:33 AM
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My husband built me an awesome cutting table. The top is made of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood. I left it unfinished because it helps keep everything in place from fabric to cutting mats. If you wish you can always finish it. I had it for about a year, and I still think unfinished is a way to go. Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:48 AM
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My son made me a cutting/ironing table from a 3/4 inch 4x8 board. Used two folding legs from Home Depot. Then I covered it with batting and stripped material and stapled it underneath. I use it for a large ironing board with straight lines from the stripped material. I always wash my material before I cut it, so you need lots of room to iron it after washing. Then I put a large cutting board on one end. The batting is thin enough to make the cutting board very stable. So with the cutting board on one end, you still have enough room at the other end to iron while you are sewing blocks.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:07 AM
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This is mine...
It is made from 3/4" plywood with a Formica top. And a small bookcase on one end to serve as the "leg" of the cutting table. It is 3' x 5' and 37" tall. It's attached to the wall on two sides and leaves me with storage underneath.

The photo was taken when all my stash could fit in the closet...eons ago....
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:04 AM
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Thanks everyone! I am building the bottom part because premade cabinets are way too tall (I'm putting it on casters which will raise it another 3.5", plus I'm short). I have tools to build it so that's not a problem. I think painting it is the biggest chore but I'd have to do that no matter what. I think some of y'all are right-too thin to securely screw into.

Chasing Hawk-where did you get the formica to put on top of your table?
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