Replacing the old particleboard desktop with a new bamboo countertop and adjustable leg workbench.
I had quickly run out of room for all my test equipment on my original desktop table that I used for electronics work. Leaving me around 1.5 sq/ft of usable area for my projects.
With the winning of an Ebay bid for a vintage Tektronix digital oscilloscope, I was out of room.
I looked at the Ikea counter tops that many people have used for workbenches in the past, but we do not have an Ikea store within reasonable driving distance and Ikea’s shipping was over twice the cost of the actual counter top.
Lumber Liquidators sold counter tops, and had a local store that they would ship to for free. So I decided on a 1 1/2″ thick 72″ X 36″ bamboo counter top from them.
Ikea did get some of my business as they had reasonable prices and shipping for their OLOV series black adjustable legs.
After sanding, and applying tung oil finish to the bamboo I let the workbench dry for several days. The Ikea adjustable legs were easy to install, but I do recommend pre-drilling for the screws to attach the leg base plate. I ended up offsetting the front legs to accommodate two multi drawer cabinets that I wanted on either side of the workbench.
I was very happy with the quality and look of the bamboo counter top, and would recommend Lumber Liquidators as a source.
At 1 1/2″ thick the workbench is very sturdy and should stand up to large heavy equipment placed on it without sagging. It was a nice simple weekend project, but will require two persons to move the counter top as it is quite heavy.
Phase 2 of the project will be cutting down some existing 80/20 T‑slot aluminum extrusion for equipment shelving supports, and ripping some 16″ wide plywood for the shelves. The last part of the project will be adding some adjustable LED lighting strips under the first shelve.