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I just saw a whole bunch of 1/2 partical board at the homedepot in 4'x 4' pieces for .51 cents each. Will 3 to 4 of these make a good table if glued together and a formica used on top and bottom?
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Personally the only use that I have ever found for particle board was for heating my shop, but thats just me. Do thyself a favor and spring for a sheet of 3/4" mdf, the stuff ain't that expensive and will get you further than particle board ever will.
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Was it particle board, or was their strands, or pieces of wood which is oriented strand board? Your probably correct, I have friends that call every thing particle board. so I just want to make sure .

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Was it particle board, or was their strands, or pieces of wood which is oriented strand board? Your probably correct, I have friends that call every thing particle board. so I just want to make sure .
I don't think it makes much difference Howard. OSB is awful stuff to try to work with and particle board is just that, particles..

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Personally the only use that I have ever found for particle board was for heating my shop, but thats just me. Do thyself a favor and spring for a sheet of 3/4" mdf, the stuff ain't that expensive and will get you further than particle board ever will.

Would be too worried about the fumes from the glues to burn it or mdf anywhere than an outside fire pit.
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Yes, it was partical board. The same thing that melemine sheets are made out of but it did not have the melemine coating. Most coutertops are made out of partical board so I was just thinking with the formica top and bottom, with solid 2" partical board that it would be pretty stiff. The MDF is 31.95 / 4x8 sheet here and so I thought this may save some money. When I lived up in Kalispell, Plum Creek sold their seconds on MDF for $1.00 sheet from the mill. Most sheets were good, just not cut right or had a variance in thickness.
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Yes, it was partical board. The same thing that melemine sheets are made out of but it did not have the melemine coating. Most coutertops are made out of partical board so I was just thinking with the formica top and bottom, with solid 2" partical board that it would be pretty stiff. The MDF is 31.95 / 4x8 sheet here and so I thought this may save some money. When I lived up in Kalispell, Plum Creek sold their seconds on MDF for $1.00 sheet from the mill. Most sheets were good, just not cut right or had a variance in thickness.
If you can get the particle board cheap enough it'll work fine for awhile. If you have to buy the laminate to put on it, makes it much less attractive. Particle board has issues with both strength and water resistance. Really good on hardness and flatness though.
Around here I get countertop cutoffs free from a local home improvement place. They are the tails when a customer needs a 13' countertop but needs to buy a 14 footer. Make great subfences for the tablesaw and good fence for the routertop. If you could latch onto something like that and laminate to a hunk of plywood for some strength I think you would be good to go the distance.

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They do sell the 2'x4' sheets of 3/4" MDF for around $8.

Or, you can still get in on the Rockler sale of 3/4" phenolic ply for $20 for a 24"x32" sheet until Sunday.

I've done both.
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Home depot has the MDF 2'x4' sheets priced at $12.00 here. I am looking to make a combined table saw router table top now about 4' x 4' with a 4 foot t-square fence with lock on the free end of the fence so I can lock it ridgid when I need to. The table saw I have now is a old makita portable saw and so I wanted to build it so that it would drop in the top of the table I make giving me a larger table top and allowing me to use my fence I make for both the saw and router. I am also entertaining the possibility of taking a 1/4" piece of steel plate I have and replace the aluminum table saw top and make the steel plate drop into the table top.

I will probable just spring for the 4' x 4' MDF and glue it together. What Kind of glue do you use to glue it with and how do you keep it flat while it dries? I would amagine that you would use a bunch of boards on end to sandwich it and clamp the ends of the boards.
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