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Damn! Need one shelf 14.5" Deep x 18.5" Wide. Nominal 1" so 3/4" thick. For replacemeant shelf for an entertainment center as a temp measure until the whole thing can be replaced.
figured *good* lumberyard would have something. Would prefer painted wood but would even take black melamine.
I swear the guy was actually *happy* that he couldn't help me.. Maybe my natural douchebaggery came out, but I thought I was being rather cordial and pleasant. Anyway I was annoyed by the time I left and I was only there for 5 minutes or so.
I know better than to ask at HD or Lowe's.
so is there somewhere I could mail order precut cheap shelving? Or anyone know of a lumberyard in NoVA (besides Tart in Sterling)
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On 11/04/2014 2:25 PM, N8N wrote:

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You're not going to find such dimensions precut -- it would take a glued up solid wood panel and wider than 12" there is exceedingly rare.
Sheet goods come in basically 4x8 sheets altho you can find ply in 2x4 cutoffs.
"Cheap" and "precut" aren't going to go in the same sentence...
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On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:25:11 PM UTC-8, N8N wrote:

Buy two pieces of what looks good to you and rip one to make up the width. It will be unnoticeable once in place. BTDT
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On 11/04/2014 12:25 PM, N8N wrote:

Grab a scrap piece of 3/4" plywood and cut it to the dimensions you seek. If you want to get fancy, buy some iron-on veneer edging (banding) to cover the ends, then trim with a razor knife.
If you some kind of weirdo who doesn't have a scrap piece of plywood laying about, you can go to the despot and buy a piece of 24"x24" or 24"x48" plywood; they will even cut it for you if you are a lazy bum.
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No good lumberyard sells prefinished materials.

Those of us without tools to cut plywood accurately to fit (and then cover the shelf with fabric or preglued plastic) find it usually cheaper to employ a local carpenter than to try to buy by mail. This way you pay only for what fits your specifications.
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Last time I was in HD, the saws were locked. An employee unlocked it, but still wouldn't let me use it.
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On 11/04/2014 03:18 PM, Dan Espen wrote:> Jon Danniken

Well of course not, do you honestly expect a store to provide power tools for customers to use inside the store? Think about it.
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On 11/04/2014 02:25 PM, N8N wrote:

I thought you were just going to cut down the piece you had.
Since the TV will be sitting on top and the shelf really won't show, it hardly needs to be a major undertaking.
I don't know where you live, but whenever I need a shelf for anything I usually don't have to go down the alley more than a block before I find something decent one of the neighbors pitched out.
Of course you can always do what I did:
I threw out my TV 25 years ago and never missed it.
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On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:18:10 PM UTC-5, philo  wrote:

. For replacemeant shelf for an entertainment center as a temp measure unt il the whole thing can be replaced.

ood but would even take black melamine.

y natural douchebaggery came out, but I thought I was being rather cordial and pleasant. Anyway I was annoyed by the time I left and I was only there for 5 minutes or so.

one know of a lumberyard in NoVA (besides Tart in Sterling)




It's not for me, trying to put something together for a friend without forc ing her to buy a new entertainment center.
I just figured that someone would have some kind of shelving premade so I'd only have to make two cuts and done... but it looks like not. ISTR melami ne shelving being available in both white and black and that would be accep table for this application but I can only seem to find white calling around .
Probably will have to go with the idea of 3/4" furniture grade ply and then paint it, although this is a LOT more work than I was hoping to do. Was r eally hoping to find something already black so I wouldn't have to do venee r, paint, etc...
This is an adjustable shelf that sits on shelf pins, so unless a biscuit jo iner drops into my lap right away I won't be gluing up two pieces of one-by although that would be the more aesthetically appealing solution.
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On 11/04/2014 06:45 PM, N8N wrote:

Time is money and it looks like you've wasted a lot of time already.
A quick Google search shows a new on at Target for about $60
It'll look better than home made and only cost a few bucks more.
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Their insurance company must have taken a walk around the store and had a heart attack.
They let customers cut for years. Well, at least this customer.
I can see the problem with allowing anyone to use power tools, but I liked going in and cutting what I needed.
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On 11/4/2014 7:50 PM, Dan Espen wrote:

I like going in next to a group in the appliance dept, and cutting the cheese. Then I walk away.
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Jon Danniken wrote:

That's the upscale solution. If I wanted to get fancy I'd just wrap it in wood grain contact paper.
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On 11/4/2014 3:25 PM, N8N wrote:

Know anyone that owns a saw? Buy a 2 x 4 piece of p;ywood or MDF and ask them to cut it. Then sit back with him and kill a the six-pack you brought with you.
HD & Lowes will do cuts for a charge but they do no guarantee accuracy.
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If HD/Lowes doesn't have black melamine board in stock they will order a sheet for you. They'll even cut it to the dimensions desired but have them cut it 1/4" oversize so you can trim the chipped edges with a router.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Or while you're buying the plywood spend another $10-$15 for a Stanley SharpTooth. I have good crosscut and rip saws but if I want something cut to size fast I grab the little Stanley. Many of my trips to the lumberyard involve reducing things to Toyota sized pieces in the parking lot and that saw gets the job done fast. If you're careful it will leave a smoother cut that you would expect from the tooth pattern and set.
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Birch plywood at Lowes, 2' x 2' x 3/4", $9.28 locally.
I bet they'd cut it to size for another $1. Or grab your jig saw. I've done it with a coping saw when necessary.
There's probably cheaper stuff out there but this will work.
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On Tue, 04 Nov 2014 15:38:56 -0800, Jon Danniken

Not in this situaiton, certainly not.
But Terry Gross replayed Tom Magliozzi yesterday and he said in all the years their DIY garage was open, no one hurt himself, even though there were some complete morons (my word). He thought this was amazing.

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I'd just by a board and cut it to the right dimensions and paint it black on all sides. If it ever sags, and it's too short too sag, flip it over.
Do they sell boards 14.5" deep or more?
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On Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:51:28 PM UTC-5, micky wrote:

I haven't seen any locally wider than 12" nominal...
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