Outdoor Suspension Worktable: Thin, Rigid, Strong, Lightweight Panels/Sheets
To support this me and Hannah Perner-Wilson have been trying to create tools for infrastructure for backpacking in the wild (also see her wearable studio descriptions http://www.plusea.at/?p=5385).
The tool im working on right now is a modular lightweight desk we can suspend between trees. It's actually going pretty great!
You can see Matt here soldering and building on this bench. it worked WAY BETTER than expected. I though it was gonna be TOO wiggly, or bouncy and impossible to work on. Turns out, it just worked really well!
the only PROBLEM however was with our panels. I used these sheets of like MDF (or something). They are that material that pegboards are made out of. They were great because they were thin and rigid. But they were still pretty heavy and they absorbed water.
I want your advice on materials.
I want something that
- Is rigid! (will hold its own shape under compression and/or tension) Can support lots of tools and stuff on top
- Strong (will stand up to beatings in the field, and smashproof inside backpack)
- Thin (packs into backpack well)
- Cut-able (less important) (won't give off evil fumes or particles if i need to cut or modify it at home (or even in the field)
- Not crazy-beans expensive (like it seems like carbon fiber panels are)
Carbon fiber (though super expensive)?
what are your ideas?