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Old 11-14-2006, 07:57 PM
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How much would it cost to do a work bench that is approximatly 3' x 10 - 12'?

I am thinking about putting a stainless steel topping on my work bench, however, I have no idea where I would even start, where I would get the supplies, or how I would attach it to the wood that is currently on there.

Any information about it would help a lot!

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Old 11-14-2006, 07:58 PM
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I know how I would attach it, but I no idea where you would buy a sheet that big.
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:06 PM
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Even if I have to attach like 2 or 3 sheets, that's fine.

Any idea on price? How to attach it?
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:14 PM
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Even if I have to attach like 2 or 3 sheets, that's fine.

Any idea on price? How to attach it?
Drill holes in the perimeter of the ss, use a countersink bit and countersunk screws.
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:43 PM
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We asked about this for the workbench, the guy at Home Depot directed us to their construction division. Maybe check a metal shop?
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:18 PM
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Try going to an A/C or sheet metal shop. They can also bend it for ya. You will probably spend a pretty penny but its worth a shot.

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Old 11-14-2006, 10:46 PM
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If you can weld it would be pretty kool to make one
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Old 11-15-2006, 05:59 AM
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Go to your local Steel supply factory and they can hook you up. They have rolls of Stainless steel that they can cut to length for you. They should charge by the linear foot.
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Old 11-15-2006, 01:53 PM
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I'll tell ya this much.. Stainless is NOT going to be cheap especially for that much... Sheets usually come in 4x8, and for a work bench top (with a plywood base) you will want 1/8" or more... Mild steel would be a bit cheaper, not sure if rusting would be an issue depending on where you put it and such. For that much your looking at AT LEAST $400 just for a sheet...
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5'x10'x16gage approx. $625 stainless steel plate


Sketch something , I will make a print for you.
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:43 PM
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I work in the oil and gas industry as a supplier and I can tell you right now, you are looking at some serious money with that much stainless steel! Vet's figures are pretty much what you will be looking at... today. They change daily and we have seen a 10 dollar per pound increase in the last few months with no end in sight.

You may want to just try a high carbon steel surface and just keep it oiled or cleaned.
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5'x10'x16gage approx. $625 stainless steel plate


Sketch something , I will make a print for you.
What kind of program do you use? Ive been thinking bout making a custom bumper.....
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:26 PM
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I'll most likely be going with Galvanized, since that's A LOT cheaper, and works just as well.

What size should I go with? What would be a good thickness? 1/16 of an inch? That's a little thick, and would be around $150 to cover my work bench. 1/32, which is half of 1/16 for all you mathmatically challenged people out there, :, I could cover my work bench for about $60 - $70. Much cheaper. How thick do you think it should be?
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The thicker you go the less dinged up and abused it'll get when you set stuff on it.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:51 PM
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The thicker you go the less dinged up and abused it'll get when you set stuff on it.
Yes, I do know that...

However, I could replace the top two or three times with the 1/32 as apposed to paying for one 1 set of 1/16th top.
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If a job is truly done right the first time you'll never have to do it over again and it will always maintain it's original quality when properly cared for.
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If a job is truly done right the first time you'll never have to do it over again and it will always maintain it's original quality when properly cared for.
It's 1/32 of an inch thick... it will get beat up over time. I don't use the bench a WHOLE lot, but it does get used. Mostly just to keep oil bottles on when filling my bike(s), keeping clean and dirty filters... etc. So, that would last quiet a while, however, it is pretty thin, so it won't last forever.
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What you also need to think about is having the sheetmetal bent so as to provide a "Back Splash". With a back splash no spills will run down the back side.

Just my 2-cents.
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check out a restaurant supply site
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Old 11-18-2006, 10:55 AM
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What you also need to think about is having the sheetmetal bent so as to provide a "Back Splash". With a back splash no spills will run down the back side.

Just my 2-cents.
Not only that but it keeps the important little parts from becoming runaways. Don't ask me how I know...
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