Sheet aluminum instead of laminate for table top?
has anyone used sheet aluminum instead of laminate as a table top covering?
I was thinking of using the thinest sheet of aluminum i can find opposed to laminate. The website onlinemetals.com describes 5052 aluminum as corrosive resistant and has a good workablility. A 2'x3'x .02" sheet cost only 7.63$. I would probably use epoxy or contact cement to hold it to an MDF top.
Is there a better kind of aluminum? Will the metal expand and contract with temperature changes so badly it will not be usable? Should i use a second sheet on the bottom to balance the table like you would with laminate? Can i use regular carbide bits to cut? Is .02" to thin?
onlinemetals.com got me started on this its a good site with product guides that are both technical and non-technical, they sell by the piece check it out.