Electronic – Wood workbench as ESD protection


ESD protection are really expensive for hobbyist like me.

I have a grounded wrist strap but do you think a simple non-treated wood workbench surface can replace a really expensive ESD tabletop ?

Best Answer

A good part of ESD safety is dissipating the charge in a controlled manner. If the wood acts as a very high impedance surface, you get no dissipation, and that allows static energy to build up and possibly cause problems. You really should go with a mat that has a ground lug (or buy a ground lug punch/crimper) on top of it.