DIY Workbench - Mild Steel?

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Was planning on building a workbench for my workshop. I had planned on:-

1) Sandwiching 2 sheets of 18mm MDF together.
2) Build a frame from CLS
3) Skinning the top in some form of metal sheet
4) Edging the top of the bench with pine.

Is there anyway I can treat mild steel to maintain the surface quality (clear lacquer?) or would this just be doomed to degrade/rust?

Thanks
 
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Joe2003, good evening.

What is the end use for the bench? meaning what will it be used for?

Problem with your proposal for steel sheet cover is, as you note, rust, even if covered in a lacquer rust will occur where the lacquer is scratched ?

Have you considered using a length of kitchen worktop? loads of colour variation? reasonable impact damage resistance? unless you are into serious metal bashing, but most of all a thick material that is robust and will not deflect under a load and be a stable base for you.

Ken
 
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Consider scrapping the MDF idea, and go for ply....much more resilient material.
As for a top, think of aluminium sheet (checker plate maybe) but if that's not what you need, a Lino covering, with angle edging, could be possible.
John :)
 
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Visit a scrapyard to look for chequer plate, may be a lot cheaper than new
If the benchtop is ply, the metal can be thin
 

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