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Question: I am considering installing a stainless steel countertop. My husband is a welder and works in a fabrication shop so we could get the steel reasonable. I was just wondering if anyone else has "homemade" countertops? What thickness and grade of material did you use? I figured this way I could get a sink just like I want. Big and deep!

Answer: Stainless steel has advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage is that it is very easy to clean. The biggest disadvantage is that it scratches easily and a knife on stainless steel will dull the knife instantly.

To fabricate stainless steel you need rollers and presses. SS countertops are rolled and formed not welded. Welding would not make for a nice finished product as well edges need to be rolled so that they are not sharp. Sinks are pressed from a die so that the edges have easy water run off and are easy to clean.

You would use a 16 or 18 gauge 304 SS.

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