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WoodWorkWarrior

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#1 posted 686 days ago

Beer cans, soda cans, any thin wall AL can only has it’s true strength when pressurized. Lacking high internal pressure, the cans can collapse pretty easily. Stand on a empty beer can, it’ll hold, until you have the slightest side movement. Then in crumples instantly. Not so with a full can. That said, with the MDF spreading out the load and the cans placed in tight formation, you probably could get away with it. I would be cautious about heavy point loads or large shocks. I suppose one could make a table with full cans…but that would be HEAVY and a waste of a lot of beer!

If you could somehow re-pressurize the cans with air, seal them, and then build the table…well, that would be a very strong structure and very light. Of course, re-pressuring a beer can could prove problematic.

Sounds like a fun experiment none the less.

-- Jason


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