Breakfast Bar Countertop


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Old 12-05-06, 08:16 PM
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I have a room divider separating my kitchen and living room, with cabinets below the laminated countertop, a 2 ft. (or so) space above, and then more cabinets. The existing countertop is only about 15 inches wide with maybe an inch overhang,

I want to replace this countertop with one with more overhang to use as a breakfast bar. I plan to cover the new core with plastic laminate and have oak edging. All of the books I have seen say to use particleboard for the core.

My question is wouldn't MDF be a better choice than particleboard - smoother surface to cement the plastic laminate to? My only concern is that with an overhang of perhaps a foot, the MDF might be so heavy that it would sag.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 12-06-06, 02:40 AM
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Use the particle board, its smooth and the laminate is smooth. Besides, its the finished surface and laminate does not telegraph.
Paint the underside or laminate it as well.
 
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Old 12-06-06, 04:23 AM
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MDF will absorb contact cement at a high rate and may not give the adherence you want on the first application, so the particle board may be a good choice. I would prefer 3/4 plywood, but any of the choices are good for counter top. Be sure to support the overhang with decorative corbels, since Uncle Joe has a tendency to lean on the edge of the overhang, and he weighs in at 250 lbs.
 
 

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