On Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 12:46:47 PM UTC-7, dadiOH wrote:
I tried the 'cover with wallpaper' trick, and kinda got it to work, BUT
(1) the stuff I got wasn't real wallpaper, it turns out to be some kind
of pre-pasted vinyl
(2) the hardboard had the screen-surface problem (but you can apply
shellac primer, then apply a hot iron to flatten it- don't use a fancy Teflon
surface iron for this).
(3) I ended up painting the hardboard and the (washed) vinyl stuff with
white glue, letting it dry, then applying the hot iron. Not too hot,
so the vinyl doesn't flow; not to cool, so the glue doesn't soften and fuse.
So, for the future: where oh where can I find REAL PAPER wallpaper?
As others have suggested with 1/4" plywood, you can't get
there from here in this application.
IMHO, you have the following choices:
1/4" hardboard, two sides good and painted.
1/4" etched safety glass.
1/4" smoked acrylic sheet complete with finger holes.
Of those 3, my choice would be the acrylic.
Lighter in weight than glass, safety is not an issue.
Only you can determine if painted hardboard will provide
the necessary esthetics.
After many good ideas from you all on my problems I thought I would let
you know that the idea which worked best for me was 1/4" acrylic
panels. They are very stable, slide easily, and while not what I had
planned on (I had stained cherry plywood), they look quite nice in their
Thanks again to all who assisted me in thinking through this problem
and, as usual when I ask for help, I learned a *LOT*.
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