I am looking to build an approximately 12'x16' temporary shelter using
some 2by4 framing and 8'x4' panels. I need to be able to move the
shelter and would like to dissassemble it into 8'x8' or 12'x8' pieces.
Any suggestions for a good *lightweight* panel material that can stand
some temporary outdoor use (say for a couple of weeks in mild
My fallback is just plain 1/4" plywood.
The material needs to be solid and I prefer something that is
wood-like, but it doesn't need to be highly finished or real wood.
It might help us with suggestions if you stated what the shelter will
actually be used for.
And if price is a factor?
For lighter weight you could try polystyrene panels with hollow steel studs.
If you can find a yard that carries it, that plastic-coated masonite or MDF
stuff they use as siding on cheap shed kits should work. But like another
poster said, why reinvent the wheel? If this is temporary weather cover, one
of those 'portable carport' things made out of snap-together aluminum pipe
things and some sort of tarp laced over it, would be about as cheap, easily
as durable, and a lot easier to set up and teardown between uses. Why does
it need to be solid?
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