Gluing Steel Panels to Wood
There are a few products that you might want to check out for this application. I haven't used either of them for this but they are recommended for this application. LePage Press-Tite Contact cement (the Blue and the Gel are recommended for wood and metal). I had seen 3M Fastbond 30-NF recommended for this but their product specification page doesn't sound promising for it. If you are looking at tapes, you might consider Turner's Tape. I've used this in my shop for several things. It is a thin, two-sided tape that has very high strength and a thin mesh substrate to it. It's strong enough that wood turners use it to fasten items to faceplate for turning without fasteners.
Do yourself a favor and weld a stud on the back. You just need to get with someone who can tig weld a captive nut on the back side - there wonít be any distortion with 1/8" plate.
From the original questioner:
To all who responded, my choice after much deliberation and consideration was to use a 3M VHB tape, which worked like a champ. This was suggested by my specialty metals fabricator who is a real pro and it worked absolutely wonderfully! Itís imperative to prep properly and follow directions precisely. As to welding nuts on the back: doing so pooched the metal slightly resulting in a lot of hand grinding to flatten before the specialty finish could be applied. There was one large panel which could not have been attached in this manner, so it made it less attractive as the path of choice.
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