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I found a guy locally that could cut a work table top for me. Actually, he cut two out of the sheet of 3/4 mdf.

One of these is going with me to Oklahoma soon to do some work on our kids house they bought recently. :grin:

The dimensions are 32 x 48. The holes are 3/4 inch on 4 inch centers with a second row spaced at two inches.

I also had the guy cut a pair of hand holes so it will be easier to carry, and they work well.

First chance I get, I will run a round-over bit around the outside and all of the holes.

Then I plan to roll on several coats of clear finish to help prevent glue and spills from messing up this purty little thing.

I modified a pair of 2x4's to fit some saw horses like the guy did in this video. The top should fit it nicely.

 

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A nice looking and sized table top, Mike. I like the way the cross supports are cut to fit the saw horses. That should give you a convenient and solid work surface.
 

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That looks very handy, Mike. I guess one could notch wooden horses to use the same set-up. I usually just put a piece of ply across horses to make a temporary bench - that would be much straighter and sturdier.
 

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Looks good Mike. That's very close to the size I had planned for my cutting bench, can I ask how much you paid to have the holes drilled?
$80.00USD.:grin:
I sent him my drawing and he drew it up in CAD. That was basically the charge.

I was there to watch the machine work. It's an EZRouter or something like that. Man, I would like to have one like that. No room for it, though.:frown:
 

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How did you find your guy? By the way next week the Valu home center will be having sale next week on those saw horses for $25.
I made a post on a fishing forum I belong to asking about someone with a big CNC, and VOILA!, a guy that lives 18 miles from me (via freeway mostly) said he could do it.

Here is a picture. Dang it is bad quality.
He had just got started on the first one.
 

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Well now that you have 2 you could make any size you want. I just posted on the mft thread about buying an mft top and using it to make the size I want similar to shelf pin holes.
 

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OK, So I got to thinking...what am I going to use to protect the surface of these mdf tops?

I heard water base poly was a no-no. :surprise:
What about lacquer sprayed on the surface?
Shellac?

What I want to do is protect the surface from glue and paint or stain messing it up, if that is possible.
 

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OK, So I got to thinking...what am I going to use to protect the surface of these mdf tops?

I heard water base poly was a no-no. :surprise:
What about lacquer sprayed on the surface?
Shellac?

What I want to do is protect the surface from glue and paint or stain messing it up, if that is possible.
Glue on Arborite , then drill out the holes and route them out flush again ?
I know , I always overthink things :D
 

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Mike,

A couple coats of either shellac or laquer should do it. MDF already comes with a coating on it.
 
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OK, So I got to thinking...what am I going to use to protect the surface of these mdf tops?

I heard water base poly was a no-no. :surprise:
What about lacquer sprayed on the surface?
Shellac?

What I want to do is protect the surface from glue and paint or stain messing it up, if that is possible.
Several coats of Bullseye shellac, sanding with fine paper between coats, finish with a buffed out coat of paste wax.
 

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Several coats of Bullseye shellac, sanding with fine paper between coats, finish with a buffed out coat of paste wax.
Just took inventory. I have about 1/2 gallon of the Bulls Eye Shellac, and two partial cans of Deft lacquer.

I think I will save the lacquer for another job.

So Bulls Eye Shellac it is. Maybe today, but most likely, it will be tomorrow.
 

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I found a guy but his machine only has a bed of max 24 by 36 he has to do it in 2 passes . I will end up with 6ft by 2ft but I will leave the panel actual 3ft maybe even 40 inches width and from the off cut make a template to extend holes to full width of the panel. Hopefully the template will be accurate enough.
 

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Hey mike have you made any cuts with your tracksaw to see how well it works? Maybe I can get rid of my radial arm saw.
 

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Hey mike have you made any cuts with your tracksaw to see how well it works? Maybe I can get rid of my radial arm saw.
Not yet. I did lay out a 4 foot drywall square, and it is perfect.
 

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Just for you! :grin:

I scrounged up a piece of plywood for a test cut.

It looks like I need to refine my cutting technique. The dowels I used had a little play (not much but just a little). And they could have been longer. :surprise:

So, with the stuff I had on hand, I made a cut and it is off about 1/16th inch.

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day, so it may be next week before I can check things out.

One thing I noticed is my track has a lip on the outer edge. That may have been the culprit. Or, the holes may be off slightly. I hope not.
 

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