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#7360 - 02/15/12 08:47 PM What should I do with steel top on new workbench??
Doughboy Offline
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I have just finished a new workbench. The frame is all welded and I have 3/4" plywood for the bottom and middle shelf. The top is aprox 3/32" (not sure on guage). I am trying to figure out if I should just leave it, paint it, coat it, or just what.

I just have no earthly idea what would be best. I will just use this for an all around work work bench. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I put casters on it and then later realized I needed the "stops/ levelers" to keep it from rolling and completely level it for making concrete counter tops on it. Got that idea here! This is only my second major welding project so I am still learning :0


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#7362 - 02/15/12 08:57 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Doughboy]
cjmac Offline
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Great looking workbench. One suggestion I have is to put some wood or other material around the top to support the metal sheet where it overhangs. Partly to support the sheet metal and partly to protect you from the sharp edge of the sheet. Or if you have a big sheet metal brake just bend it down all the way around. You might spray something on to protect against surface rust. I wouldn't paint it.

Chris
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#7364 - 02/15/12 09:06 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: cjmac]
Doughboy Offline
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Hey Chris, thanks for the feedback. I am going to grind the edge all the way around to be nice and smooth. I left it overhanging 1" all the way round so that I could clamp stuff down. I am going to plasma cut the corners off to be rounded like I did on the shorter green shelf.

What would you coat it with?
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#7370 - 02/15/12 11:56 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Doughboy]
tom Offline
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I had a wood top on my workbench till I found some large road signs that fit the top.
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#7376 - 02/16/12 08:49 AM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: tom]
Lincoln Offline
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Found the road signs did you Tom ????? laugh
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#7377 - 02/16/12 10:45 AM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Lincoln]
kcshawman Offline
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Not something you would want to do a lot of welding on however...
A time will come when you will want to clamp some metal down and tack weld it. You will do a better job with this if you just have a bare metal top.
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#7380 - 02/16/12 12:01 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: kcshawman]
tom Offline
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I use to work for the state so road sign's were easy to get.
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#7381 - 02/16/12 12:34 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: tom]
essej Offline
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I've got a bare metal top on my work table, it's a bit thicker at 1/4", but been bare since day one, about 5 years now. It's real nice for welding smaller stuff, I clamp the ground underneath the table top, then can position work any way I want it. I do get a little splatter on it, and every once in a while an ark from the work piece to the table top will burn a little pit into the top, but nothing I'm too concerned about. Every so often I clean it up with a wire wheel on the grinder and wipe it down with a thin coat of oil.
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#7409 - 02/18/12 05:34 AM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: tom]
Maurice Offline
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Originally Posted By: tom
I use to work for the state so road sign's were easy to get.


thought we might have a bit of Red Green Possum Lodge "finding" going on!!! lol
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#7410 - 02/18/12 11:45 AM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Maurice]
tom Offline
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I had to google that one
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#7411 - 02/18/12 12:57 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: tom]
Lincoln Offline
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Tom, he's the one that teaches us "if it ain't broke.......you aren't tryin hard enough" laugh
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#7413 - 02/19/12 04:04 AM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Lincoln]
Maurice Offline
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Loc: Franklin, Indiana, USA
and "I'm a man. I can change. If I have to. I guess... "

and don't know if Red Green invented the phrase, but he often uses "duct tape: handyman's best friend"

"If the ladies don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy."

He is Canadian too, and we can watch his show on PBS stations. Ebay listings indicate he's been "pullin for us" for a couple of decades!
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#7418 - 02/19/12 08:16 AM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Maurice]
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My favourite line was " If you can't stay young, you can at least stay immature "
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#7420 - 02/20/12 06:52 AM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: f350ca]
Stuman Offline
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Registered: 02/09/10
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Loc: Lake View, Iowa
I left mine "bare"

I just left the mill scale on it, as it will protect it some. In a few areas I leaked some battery acid on it, removing the scale. and yes those areas are full of rust now. steel tops are handy (for me anyway) when welding as you can ground to the table and maneuver your work into any position without re grounding your work every time.
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#7442 - 02/21/12 05:04 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Stuman]
smiley Offline
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Loc: Upstate NY
Great looking bench and you must be a JD man. I say paint it with really good paint like they use on machinery in shops.
I bought one in the mid 60's built from 1/4" stock including the 3" wide legs that were bent 90 degrees from 6" stock. It has 4 steel drawers with welded in frames and slides. It was painted with some heavy brown industrial paint, most of which is still on it after way over 40 years. There are no cross braces under it so I have a pallet jack with a special built rack on it that fits under the bench and hold a good share of my small steel inventory.
Best part of it is, I bought it for $1 out of the scrap pile when I worked for Remington Arms. Lord only knows how long they used it.
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#7536 - 02/28/12 06:49 PM Re: What should I do with steel top on new workbench?? [Re: Doughboy]
fritz Offline
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Loc: Michigan
As it was suggested before, oil the top and wipe it off, leaving a thin film of oil. As you use it, it will develop small nicks that will hold the oil better. You can still use it for welding as well.
You did a great job building it, by the way.
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