Building a Bench for the garage
I am starting my plans on building a bench in the garage after Christmas. The bench top will start in the middle of the garage, go 13' or so to the wall, turn the corner and about 6 to 8' up the side wall.
It's mostly going to be cabinets and some open spaces below. I am going to add the router table to the top on one end and in the middle of the long stretch I am putting in my miter saw. (It will be dropped where the saws work surface is even with the top of the bench.)
I was thinking about the cabinets today and started to wonder what would be better to use for the carcass ... 3/4" Plywood or 3/4" MDF. I like the idea of the MDF since it's flat, has good edges, and cuts nice. I can seal it so if it gets wet it will not be damaged. I was just wondering if it would take the use of being a garage cabinet. Besides doing a bit of woodworking I also like to work on cars. So there are going to be things like heads and rear-ends on the bench.
Anyone know the compression strength of MDF and/or know if it would make a good cabinet?
I am also planning on building a few hanging cabinets to put above the bench as well. I would like to use the same wood for the upper and lower cabinets as well. I don't know if that makes a difference but I thought I would pass that along in case it matters.
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