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Covering a workbench in metal

I am attempting to put a metal top on part of a wood work bench to make it more resilient. 

I am planning on getting into electronics and want to make it less likely to burn . \

Any ideas on what I should use? at the moment I am thinking sheet metal, but I am worrying about toxicity ect. Maybe that is OCD but hell I am so haha. 


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A work bench is suppose to be burned, dinged and scratched. But if you are concerned with the look of your bench then use a piece of glass for your soldering station.

My workbench is my computer desk. But i replaced the particle board with a 3/4" thick sheet of sanded ply wood. I solder on it all the time and only have a couple of burns. It adds character to my desk. If i want the burns gown they can easily be sanded out.
kelseymh5 years ago
What others have said.

Don't ever do electronics work on a metal surface. You will short out your project. You will transfer static charge to your components. You will end up with a lovely piece of completely non-functional contemporary art.

Solid wood doesn't burn at low (soldering iron) temperatures. It chars. You may end up with what look like cigarette burns from resting your iron on the bench, but that's it.
You should NEVER use metal on the top or edge of an electronics work bench.It's just an accident waiting to kill...
The best surface I have found after 37 years is 3/4" plywood topped with 1/4" acrylic sheeting glued on top. You can beat on it quite hard & it'll hold up. Only problem is static. This is easily solved with an antistatic mat or wrist strap but I have never had a problem in all these years.
I keep a ceramic floor tile glued to a piece of plywood to solder on to prevent burns to the top. Good luck & welcome to the 'lectric world.
Kiteman5 years ago
A solid wood bench-top is surprisingly difficult to set on fire, and is a perfectly acceptable surface upon which to solder.

It has the benefit of being non-conductive, so that your projects do not short out when you put them down.

I think you might want to consider a concrete top or something of the sort if fire is your concern. It doesn't strike me as a good idea to have a conductive table for working on electronics, though I admit to nearly no experience with electronics work.