Step 1: What you need...
- Look for the solid or real engineered version. In my opinion it will give you the best work surface and will last the longest of the options I found. For the small area of a work bench it really does not take that much material.
- I opted to go the cheap skate route; my usual modus operandi... I looked that the local flooring stores for close outs. They had the best price per foot but wanted me to buy whatever they had left, which was usually 2 or more boxes more material than I needed. So I started looking at the home stores and big box retailers. Eventually I found some on clearance. It was solid bamboo for about $15 a box. I bought three but could have gotten by with 2. Yours will vary. My bench is 2' by 22'.
- You can use what ever wood you have laying around. I did not have enough of any one type to get it done so I bought some 19/32" sheathing plywood. I think it was about $17 per sheet. I needed a little more than 2 sheet so had to buy 3.
- I put a cleat around the edges to use as a ledger. I used a combination of 2"x2" left over from another project and I ripped some 2"x4" lengthwise for the rest.
- I used a combination of deck screws and misc screws from my misc. screw box to mount the ledger and attach the base to the edges.
- For attaching the flooring to the top I used construction adhesive and a brad nailer.