Is Homasote still available? I'd like to make a fabric-covered bulletin
board and can't find it locally anymore.
Perhaps there's something better. Homasote is light, easy-to-cut, soft
enough to take a thumb tack, inexpensive and comes is large panels (4 x 8 ?)
about an inch thick.
It may not be Homosote brand, but any commercial drywall house will have
4x8 sheets of sound board. These are wood fiber sheets that are
inexpensive. Dierks and Celotex are brand names of companies that are
gone. They were both big in tar impregnated sheathing that was used on
many homes and buildings. The sound board product is the same thing
without the tar.
Bulletin boards like that years ago used to be cork, and seemed to
last a long, long time. Consider getting some cork flooring tiles or
similar and bonding to a plywood backing for example. Cover with
fabric, drop into a suitable frame, and you will have a designer type
bulletin board sure to please.
Of course, checking office supply stores for modestly priced bb's is a
good budget move.
In my experience, BBs made from fibrous stuff covered with fabric are
only good for a few years. That is what all the cubicles at work have,
and since you tend the put stuff in the same place, the spots where the
tacks hit most of the time tend to get where they won't grab a tack any
more. I'd either buy a real cork board (which will probably be cheaper
to buy pre-made), either new or at a place that sells used office
furniture, or buy a magnet-friendly white board and a bunch of the
Back in the stone age, my father used to buy jute-backed cork by the
roll, and his finish carpenters would make custom BBs for the houses he
built, for kitchen, kids rooms, dens, etc. Glue to a thin plywood
backer, and trim out the edges with corner mold. Looked real nice. No
idea if the stuff is still available anywhere. This wasn't the huge-cell
flooring style stuff, it had very tight cells that didn't pull loose,
almost like it was ground cork mixed with rubber or something.
My experience with Homasote bulletin boards...... they hold pins only
moderately well and the pin holes don't "heal" as they do in a cork
The material is cheap & sound deadening but that's about it. :(
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