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#1 posted 10-04-2012 07:39 PM

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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