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Hey guys thanks, first of all, for taking the time to read this!

What I am wanting to do is replace a table top for one of these types of tables:


The one i have is made out of particle board with a fake wood grain type of paper on the top of it. I have been using this table for a computer desk and as a workstation for soldering. Over the years the paper has started to peal off and looks pretty bad.

I am thinking about getting some MDF, using the router to round off the edges then using a yellow glue and water mixture to seal the MDF and then sand it smooth. This glue would probably be Titebond III that is waterproof (since i sometimes have a drink, and im not a coaster type of guy).

Does this sound like it would work out ok or should I use a different type of wood? It doesn't have to look great at all either, just needs to be functional. Thanks for your time!
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Kevin,

MDF will work, but you will need to give it some support. Either transfer the metal banding from the old table to the new one, or glue on some strips of wood/plywood to the underside. This will keep it from sagging. If you want to get real fancy, wrap it with a hardwood, that will protect the edges of the MDF and give you strength.

The corners will take the biggest beating, so put a nice curve on them.

Your sealing method should work, or you could just give it a little spray on poly, or something else easy.

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thanks for the reply.

The table i have currently has a metal beam type band that goes all the way around the edge of the table on the underside; is this sufficient for 5/8 or 3/4" mdf?

The band is like what is on the underside of the table top in this picture:
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I think that should work, if not, it will make it easy to hide additional backer strips behind it!

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