Mike Monroe

10-19-2005, 2:15 PM

Here’s my situation... I have 6’ long by 2’ deep base cabinet I’m installing in my shop. The base cabinet came from my wife’s work place; they were going to throw it away. It’s a little beat up, but perfectly fine for a workshop. I wasn’t able to recover the counter top that was originally on the cabinet.

Here’s what I’m doing for a countertop... I took a 4x8 sheet of ¾” mdf and cut it in half length ways, so I have 2 2x8 sheets of mdf. These 2 layers will be the base of the countertop; I’ll top it with 1/8” tempered hardboard. Since the cabinet is 2’ deep, the mdf will end up roughly flush to the front of the cabinet; but I’d like to have a 1 ½” overhang. So I’m planning on permently attaching a 1 ½” x 2” piece of wood to the edge of the mdf. This will give me an overhang, the appearance of a thicker counter top and something solid to attach oak trim to. The replaceable hardboard top would cover the mdf and the wood overhang. I would end up with a 25 ½” deep countertop wrapped with oak.

The question is: What’s the best method for attaching solid wood to the edge of 2 sandwiched layers of ¾” mdf?

I’ve thought of two ways; biscuits and glue, or 1” dowels, drill a 1” hole 1” deep into the edge of mdf sandwich and glue in a 1” section of 1” dowel, then attached the real wood overhang to the wood dowels with screws. The way I see it, biscuit would be easier and quicker, but perhaps not as strong as the dowels. Anyone see any issues with using biscuits?

Thanks for any and all responses.

Here’s what I’m doing for a countertop... I took a 4x8 sheet of ¾” mdf and cut it in half length ways, so I have 2 2x8 sheets of mdf. These 2 layers will be the base of the countertop; I’ll top it with 1/8” tempered hardboard. Since the cabinet is 2’ deep, the mdf will end up roughly flush to the front of the cabinet; but I’d like to have a 1 ½” overhang. So I’m planning on permently attaching a 1 ½” x 2” piece of wood to the edge of the mdf. This will give me an overhang, the appearance of a thicker counter top and something solid to attach oak trim to. The replaceable hardboard top would cover the mdf and the wood overhang. I would end up with a 25 ½” deep countertop wrapped with oak.

The question is: What’s the best method for attaching solid wood to the edge of 2 sandwiched layers of ¾” mdf?

I’ve thought of two ways; biscuits and glue, or 1” dowels, drill a 1” hole 1” deep into the edge of mdf sandwich and glue in a 1” section of 1” dowel, then attached the real wood overhang to the wood dowels with screws. The way I see it, biscuit would be easier and quicker, but perhaps not as strong as the dowels. Anyone see any issues with using biscuits?

Thanks for any and all responses.