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Ive got hold of a new MDF bench that Im going to use as my reloading center.  Should I treat it with anything (Wax, Oil?)before I start using it?

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Should be fine as is... MDF absorbs water readily but that's not common on a reloading bench.

If you want seal it you could 'wash' it with a 50/50 PVA (wood glue) and water solution. That way if you knock your tea over it'll not soak in  :)

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i made my bench and used kitchen worktop  easy to wipe clean  and luckilly a light colour so things show up on it

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I would be tempted to varnish the MDF all over with one of the varnishes made for floors. Very tough and water resistant. If you are worried about the surface being over smooth and not gripping your bipod sprinkle a little sand onto the wet second coat. (Practice the sprinkling trick in advance, when I did something similar I used a cheap tea strainer but just shaking it off a piece of flat ply might work)

 

Best wishes,

 

David.

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I vanished my bench and I also stuck 1m sq carpet tiles from B&Q on it.  

Mike

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3 hours ago, FB66 said:

I vanished my bench and I also stuck 1m sq carpet tiles from B&Q on it.  

Mike

Now thats an Idea. 

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1 hour ago, martin_b said:

Now thats an Idea. 

I personally wouldn't have carpet on my bench.. powder in the fibres etc etc

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14 hours ago, Dellboy said:

i made my bench and used kitchen worktop  easy to wipe clean  and luckilly a light colour so things show up on it

Me too 👍

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