The end product is quite different as well. Tempered hardboard is
suitable for exterior use. While it's relatively hard to come by
these days, S2S hardboard was fairly commonplace when I was younger
and you can still get it if you look for it--one source that ships
anywhere in the US is Boulter Plywood http://www.boulterplywood.com/
who carries the "Duron" brand.
On Sat, 29 Mar 2008 08:20:32 -0500, The Davenport's wrote:
HDF is usually available from flooring or furniture/cabinet makers.
It's more stable than MDF, won't warp as easily, and performs better with
fasteners. I use mini toggle clamps on some of my sleds and the hold down
screws will rip out of MDF but have held up well with HDF. It's also
slicker, having a hard surface instead of the textured particle board
feel of unsurfaced MDF. It is however heavier than waxed plywood.
Works great for routing and bandsaw templates. Lasts much longer than MDF
and much cheaper than plywood.
If you go with plywood, another idea for a slicker surface is dry teflon
spray. Use the rest of the can on tools, bikes, weather stripping, etc..
Dry teflon spray, not teflon motorcycle chain lube (contains lithium
grease). Works great on the lathe tool rest and tailstock slides. Doesn't
pickup sawdust like grease or oil.
If you can find a Marine outlet, check out their marine "wood" which
is a slick plastic "board" that, while it cannot be glued up, does
machine easily and is dimensionally stable & slick. It is also
stronger than tempered hardboard and MDF.
Another alternative is to check with Home Depot Kitchen Design staff
to see if you can get a sink cutout from someone ordering one of those
fancy plastic countertops - if you have a Habitat Re-store in your
area, check them out for recycled countertops - usually 24" deep and
The countertop material can be glued! And, it is slick and stable,
You can make the runners out of the material and use machine screws
(Marine "wood") or adhesive (counter top material) On Mar 29, 9:20
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