Originally Posted by Tom Bray
I am thinking that since I have some aluminum that would be appropriate and I have a friend who just happens to have an 8' break, it may well be made of aluminum. He thinks he may be able to weld the seems too.
I also have to see how much that teak floor mat is going to cost.
I need to draw it up and see how hard it is going to be to make the thing.
I am still exploring the fiberglass option. I just haven't found a place that can do the work.
Aluminum can be welded with GMAW or GTAW processes with great success but it does take specialized equipment to do it well. It is also important to know what material grade you are welding so the correct electrode can be selected. The attached table lists recommend filler alloys for structural aluminum welding applications.
Also certain grades of aluminum "Age Harden" and don't behave well in a brake.
PM me if I can provide any information.