Selecting Sheet Metal for Commercial Workbench Fabrication

If you are planning on improving or upgrading your commercial premises, you should consider installing sheet metal workbenches. Basically, this type of furniture is constructed by covering strong internal materials that are prone to wear when exposed to adverse conditions with sheet material. The common inner materials that can be utilised include hardwood, engineered wood and carbon steel. The layer of sheet metal will protect these materials and even improve the visual appeal of the furniture. These workbenches are ideal for use in small workshops, retail business and even industrial operations. Here are the main factors that you should consider when choosing sheet metal for your workbench.    

Type of Material

Sheet metal can be formed from numerous types of materials. However, aluminium and stainless steel present the most advantages in terms of cost and performance. Aluminium is favourable because it is a lightweight material; this means that it will not increase the workbench weight significantly. The metal is also resistant to corrosion because a layer of aluminium oxide protects the material. Stainless steel is stronger than aluminium, so it is more suited for heavy duty applications. It is also more chemically stable and will not tarnish, stain or rust when exposed to water, salinity or chemicals. It is an ideal choice if you plan to handle these types of materials. Other materials like copper, titanium and even brass can be used, but the cost might be a limiting factor for commercial operations. 

Metal Gauge

The gauge of sheet metal is the common-non-linear measurement used to indicate the thickness of the material. This is an important element to consider during a workbench fabrication project because it will determine the durability and performance of your new furniture. In simple terms, when the sheet metal on your worktable is thin, heavy usage will cause accelerated wearing and tearing. Therefore, you should choose thick sheet metal materials for your furniture. On the other hand, very thick panels will be expensive and this can be a limiting factor. Inquire about the different gauges available and compare then before the start of your furniture fabrication project.


Finally, you should consider different finishing techniques for your sheet metal workbench. An ideal finish should facilitate easy clean-up and there should be minimal periodic maintenance required for good performance. The most appropriate choice for general commercial and industry operations is mechanical polish. The surface will be smooth and bright and consequently, easy to clean. You should also consider special treatments like passivation and electroplating; these reinforce the sheet metal corrosion-resistance. 

For further assistance, contact local sheet metal fabrication professionals.

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Welcome! My name is Fiona. I'm a designer who works in marketing, but in my youth, I dreamed of being an architect. I was especially interested in combining interesting materials into buildings. In this blog, I want to explore that old love. I plan to write about using sheet metal in building, and I may go into the equipment involved or write about other industrial concepts as well. I hope to help you with every aspect of the process from shopping to building. Thank you for reading, and if you like my posts, please share them with others!