The edge yes but the face of the sheet I have here is kinda
brownish/not as spanky as the Delta gray.
Though the piece I am using as a bulletin board is gray so I
suspect it's a hit or miss thing.
UA100, who really shoulda made the shop bulletin board a wee
bit larger, like 4' X 8'...
You didn't give us much of a clue as to what you want. Cork is
obviously a preferred material for bulletin boards. Whay is it "out of
the question"? You must have something special in mind already. If
you don't like the appearance of cork, you can cover it with a fabric or
a felt to obtain the appearance you want.
Fiber board. Often sold as sound board.
Rigid foam insulation.
They all do better as bulletin boards with a coat of paint or
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
I am new to rec.woodworking and have not seen the rest of this thread (my
ISP's news server often only gives partial threads) so pardon me if this has
already been suggested.
In Australia we have a material called 'Canite' which is made from sugar
cane waste. Besides bulletin board applications I have seen it used for
sound absorbing ceilings, lining rooms, garages etc. Quite a versatile
material. I don't where else in the world you can get it.
dfosdike at nospam(leave this out and change 'dots' and 'at') dot elders dot
com dot au
We used to regularly use sheets of styrofoam in classrooms for large,
very cheap bulletin boards until the school board banned their use
because, if there is a fire, they burn easily and emit cyanide gas.
That was back in the Sixties and I don't know if the chemical
composition of styrofoam has since been changed. I think I'd definitely
want to find out first.
It does not now nor has it ever given off cyanide gas. Styrofoam is Dow
Chemical's trademark for an extruded polystyrene board. Thee is also
expanded polystyrene that is often galled Styrofoam mistakenly. The
products of combustion for either of these products in carbon dioxide and
Modified versions do not burn easily. They burn no more than paper, wood,
and less than vinyl and many other materials. Foam products used in
construction, according to code, or in a bulletin board must be made of
modified material what will not burn if the source of ignition is removed.
Food items do not have that additive. Take a piece of foam insulation and
take it outside. Put a match, lighter, or torch to it. It will burn, but
if you take the flame away, it will go out.
There are other foam materials out there and I do not know what they do if
burned. There is much good information from independent sources if they care
to find out the facts.
I've used heavy weight cardboard for temporary BB before. The carton for a
new appliance is a good example. They throw them away and there is usually
one or two behind the store waiting to be crushed into a cardboard recycle
Spray paint is best, some water based will raise the surface in an ugly
Not probably, I AM correct. Yes, I understand you were given bad
information so I'm just trying to educate people that have been given bad
information. I'm sure you don't want to pass on more of the same
mis-information. School boards seem to be one of the worst places to get an
education. I've worked in the EPS foam industry for 35 years. Once reason I
continue to do so is the overall safety of it. I'm not going to jeopardize
For my office, I made dividers for two sides of the entry/waiting area
screening it from the working areas of the office, 4'x8', out of the
material that is like ceiling tile (cannot think of the name at the
moment) purchased in 4'x8' sheets from the lumber store. I purchased a
fabric that looked like a "cross" between linen and burlap and covered
them before framing them into the framework which supported them. The
8-foot was the width (divider was open at the bottom, dividers were 6-feet
tall). With the right choice of fabric and good finish on the wood (I
used a beige fabric as the cover and Danish walnut stain on the frame), it
can look very nice.
Because of the nature of the board and the texture of the fabric, it holds
up extremely well as a bulletin board. I changed the displays on the
entry side frequently and used the "inside" for various in-house notes,
etc. Burlap-type fabric has too open a weave to be really good for this
but it will work though not as well as a more closely woven fabric.
It also helps a tiny bit with sound absorbtion.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
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