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Old Dec 19, 2012, 05:45 PM
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steel workbench?

It's time for a new workbench-so searching the forums there seem to be alot of people using steel mounted on a board etc. Is there anyone just using a steel workbench to build magnetically? I would like to go that route and have just started researching the options-any recommendations for a good bench?

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Old Dec 19, 2012, 10:25 PM
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If you're building your own bench then a big factor is the materials you're best equipped to work with either at home or at work with the blessing of the boss.

If you're a welder than making the legs and sub frame from welded steel tubing makes PERFECT sense. If you're a part time wood worker than it makes more sense to use good ol' wood.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 11:54 AM
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Here ya go:

http://www.airfieldmodels.com/
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 12:58 PM
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Consider that first and foremost that the top has to be flat with no bowing or twisting or localized lumps. A purely steel top would need to be quite thick, very heavy and costly to ensure that it's thick enough to support your work on it's own with minimal sub framing. This is why the usual method is to do apply a thinner sheet metal cover over a wood underlay of some form.
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 07:20 PM
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I just built a build table that uses gorilla rack sides,purchased at Menard's.I then used 3/4" birch ply,with galvanized sheet metal on top. It works beautifully. I bought magnets from ace hardware. then I bought a builders set from air field models.
I am very happy with it it was well worth the time and investment. Many of the problems I've had with traditional pithing such as too soft a work surface, and pin holes in my work have vanished. Alignment is much easier now.Every thing comes off the board strait.
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 09:36 PM
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A tip I got way back when was to pick up scrap metal pieces such as angle iron scraps etc to use with the magnets. It is amazing all the angles that can be had. A weight or scrap piece on one side of a rib and the magnet on the other stretches the magnets nicely.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:07 PM
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For my current build, I went to a magnetic setup and love it. My work bench is a piece of 24" wide LVL/LSL matebeam. You can usually pick them up from local lumber suppliers. Over that I put on 18ga sheet steel. The whole table cost less than $100 and is super sturdy and very straight.
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Let's see some pictures.....
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