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Old 03-01-2011, 05:37 PM   #29
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I also agree with the stainless idea. Check with restaurant supply houses. They deal in stainless fabrications for commercial dish washer installations and vent hoods.

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Old 03-14-2011, 12:45 AM   #30
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After evaluating all of the options, including playing around with some samples of a variety of aluminum alloys, I decided to go with an aluminum desktop as originally planned. I'm pretty optimistic that we'll love it. The runner-up (or Plan B, if it comes to it) was an $80 brushed aluminum laminate countertop from IKEA.

I ended up buying a 6-foot sheet of 3003 aluminum, 0.063" thick, from Airparts, Inc. in Kansas City. I've cut it to size and earlier tonight bonded it to a 3/4" sheet of Baltic Birch plywood (13-ply) with contact cement. Tomorrow I plan to glue a 5"-wide second layer perimeter to the bottom of the desktop to increase the total thickness to 1.5" and 25 plys.

Here are some photos. The desktop measures 59"W x 27"D.

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Old 03-14-2011, 08:10 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by star kitty View Post
I made a 33" x 34" dinette table with 3/4" plywood and an aluminum top. Used contact cement for the adhesive. I wanted the look of both metal and wood so I left the plywood edging exposed. I really like it up against the aluminum interior skin, but I didn't realize that exposure to your skin can make you sick! Found the aluminum at a local salvage store. It was inexpensive and they cut it to my size. Good luck.
I like this look but agree with the other comments about durability. I may consider this with stainless steel on top with the baltic birch underneath.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:52 AM   #32
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I watched the sears appliance repair office dumpster everytime I shopped there and nabbed two full length stainless steel refrigerator doors they tossed after cannibalizing seals or some other repairs parts off of.

I cut the molded interior plastic out with a rotozip saw and have two lightweight (foam filled) desk sections waiting to install

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Old 03-24-2011, 07:51 PM   #33
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Similar solutions.

Same direction I'm heading on my 1970 Safari. Aluminum over the ply.
Stiking with the "salvage" parts idea, the dinette table will be 24 by 48 inches up front.

great idea...

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I'm wayyyy late on this, but anyone dead set on aluminum could finish it like we did our front door. It is steel but did the same on aluminum backsplash. Just use an small grinder with a Roloc disc to get whatever design you want to use then we did a candy color & clearcoat. The clearcoat will damage as paint would, but it will hide your scratches on the aluminum! It's hard to tell from the photo but there are flames in the center. The whole thing has a 3-D effect.


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