I inherited a pile of OSB cut-offs when I moved into my current shop. I
use it for decks on light-duty pallets, and I've used strips to sticker
It hasn't been a suitable material for anything else I've done.
At work, OSB stands for Obscenely Swelling Board. It's OK for some
interior uses, but not as good as ply for holding fasteners. Any
application that might even think about getting wet is out of the question.
Unless you're talking about Advantec - now THAT's good stuff.
I've mainly used it for sheathing and covered it with 30# felt and
siding. Have used it in the shop instead of Sheet Rock as it is better
to fasten stuff to.
Just finished a small chicken coop made of the stuff (primed and
painted inside and out!) and a re-enforcing beam some 18' long to tie
the two walls of my shop and support the (metal - 5V Crimp) roof.
There i ran a 2x10 bottom cord from wall to wall and cut and nailed
and glued triangular sections to the rafters above it and itself, then
ran another 2x10 nailed and glued and bolted to it like a sandwich and
"sandwiched" the rafters above as well. I hope it will tie the tow
walls together nicely and will try removing (it was a pole barn I
expanded) one of the poles that I, now, feel is "in the way."
I think it's best not exposed to the weather as wet, it swells.
Notwithstanding some of the comments I read replying to this post. At
Lowes here in NC, its $5.65 a board and a bit cheaper at the local
I wasn't going to tell anybody but I think I have to get it off my
chest. I needed a real workbench and I had to use what I had laying
around, and that was some rough cut white oak two by fours and three
OSB former shelf-boards boards. I laminated the three shelf boards
together with yellow glue, then used the oak for the frame and to band
the edges. I figured "This will last me a couple years and then I'll
build a real one." Got it mostly sanded down, finished it will
Waterlox and put a coat of Johnson's wax on the top. A friend gave me
a couple of old quick release vises. Put some drop-down wheels on it
so I could shove it around the shop when I had to. (That's pretty much
required in that little shop.)
Almost five years later the top is still so flat that I can barely get
a dollar bill underneath the middle of a straightedge across it the
long way, the dog holes haven't crumbled, and it still serves as a
clamping machine and assembly table. It's not especially long or wide
but it's got a lot of mass.
I've decided to hold off on the new bench till I find something about
this one that I don't like. I put a couple drawers in the center
frame. I've grown very attached to it.
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