Is A Stainless Steel Table Right For My Work?
02/07/2020 Lee Burnham
In your search for the perfect workbench, stainless steel is a material that will be consistently recommended by tradespeople. The reasons are clear - stainless steel is the most durable and resilient worktop material on the market. Timber is warm and organic, but it can’t match stainless steel’s hardiness.
Is a stainless steel table right for your work? That depends on a few factors, which we’ll consider below to help you make the right choice.
How much use will your worktable get?
If you will use your worktable every single day, a stainless steel table is by far the best option where durability is concerned. Whether it is a solid stainless steel table or a stainless steel table with a timber core to provide heft, stainless steel will resist hand and power tools as well as grips and vices better than timber over time.
How long do you want it to last?
A stainless steel table will last you a lifetime, especially if the tabletop is made from galvanised steel to resist corrosion. Even if the metal legs and bolts and screws rust, these can be replaced and treated over time. In comparison, a timber tabletop will perish sooner, even if you look after it. Stainless steel always lasts longer.
Do you work with electrics?
Stainless steel worktops are not the safest option if you work with electrics. The safest option in this case is a hardwood table. Having said that, if you take precautions, you can use a stainless steel table safely with electrics. Depending on your line of work, you might also benefit from an anti-static steel workbench.
Will your worktable require constant cleaning?
If your line of work requires you to clean your worktable at the end of every session or project, stainless steel is a better choice than timber. Stainless steel is non-porous, and it can be cleaned using any common detergent. You can also clean it with isopropyl alcohol or methylated spirits to kill bacteria and remove glues and resins.
Do you work with oils, chemicals, greases or solvents?
Because stainless steel is non-porous, it prevents oils, chemicals, solvents and greases from soaking in. This is an important advantage over timber worktops. If you work with these often, the convenience of being able to wipe down your table after use without having to worry about damaging the worktop is worth its weight in gold.