|Forum topic by darlingm||posted 09-01-2013 07:46 PM||1321 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
09-01-2013 07:46 PM
Building a new work bench area. Home business & space is quite limited. Could really use a gigantic light table as well.
If I made a gigantic light table with the top being a large sheet of 4’ x 8’ polycarbonate (Lexan), could I double up and use the light table as my new work bench area?
The only thing that would put a worrisome amount of stress on the polycarbonate would be when I use my 10” blade miter saw to cut strips of wood, similar to moulding, that are 2” x 2” x several feet. Probably weighs around 30-35lbs, plus a bit of additional force when I set it down from moving it.
If I needed to have the polycarbonate sheet sitting on more of a frame than just on the edges, how much of a frame would I need to be confident I won’t break it? Would a single support beam making it two unsupported 4’ x 4’ areas do the trick?
EDIT: I know thickness of the sheet will have a lot to do with it, that’s part of what I’m trying to figure out.
EDIT: Also, I need the surface to be flat when not holding heavy weight, so if what I’m planning on doing will warp/bow the polycarbonate, I’d need to build enough support so it wouldn’t do that.