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Benchtop Material

I just finsihed my new work bench, its built out of 2x4's and mdf board for the top(by the way that stuff is really heavy), i want to get a peice of sheet metal made for the top, my dad's shop uses galvinzed but i want to get maybe a 20 guage regegular steel so i can tack stuff to it when building, the bench is inside but what about rust? does anyone uses carbon steel and do you have to keep it oiled?



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Old 11-05-2005, 07:34 PM
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I wouldn't be welding to metal on top of wood. If it was a steel framed bench, that would be different.
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If you're planning on welding on that bench,you better find something heavier than 20 ga.I'd suggest finding a piece of at least 3/8" plate,otherwise you'll burn through it and warp it.
Also,if the top of the bench is 2x4 now,covering it with sheet metal and tacking to it might lead to setting the wood on fire-

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Metal over wood How about a 3/8" metal top? It's a little pricey but heck you can do about anything you want with it. A vise will anchor SOLIDLY and a few strategically drilled holes come in real handy also, plus you can tack or even weld heavily on it if you need to. Once you work on a heavy metal top you will not want anything else
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I put a piece of 3/4" plywood down, followed by 1/4" cement board, followed by 1/8" plate.

I've got no problem welding direct to the plate in terms of heat transfer to the plywood. Works great.
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Hit the scrap yard and find a piece of heavy plate steel..Like Oldred says you can drill and tap for clamps to hold things exactly in place while you are welding..this can be important if you are making anything that needs to be precision..and if you get a really stout piece you can whang and whale on it and not hurt anything..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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