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    Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    Before anyone says anything, no, I can't get MDF. Closest lumberyard that carries it is 1.5 hours away from my town of 2000 people. Even if I did get there, I can only buy in 4x9 sheets, and i'd have to figure out how to get it home in a frickin prius. So, given my choices, particle board or plywood?







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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    no to the particle board. And the only plywood I would even suggest is birch-ply.




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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    cut down the trees and make it yourself




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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    baltic birch



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    Most places will cut it into more managable sizes for you







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    Quote Originally Posted by john denver View Post
    Most places will cut it into more managable sizes for you
    I went to Home Depot during slow hours and was able to get the guy there to cut my panels to specs. Slipped him a $5 tip. Or if all else fails, tell them you need the pieces to fit your Mini Cooper.

    Birch is the substitute but given the 2 options above, I'd go with plywood and brace it well. I don't see partical board lasting too long unless you paste it with ALOT of fiberglass resin.



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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    Quote Originally Posted by headbussaboi View Post
    I went to Home Depot during slow hours and was able to get the guy there to cut my panels to specs. Slipped him a $5 tip. Or if all else fails, tell them you need the pieces to fit your Mini Cooper.

    Birch is the substitute but given the 2 options above, I'd go with plywood and brace it well. I don't see partical board lasting too long unless you paste it with ALOT of fiberglass resin.
    In a town of 2000 I doubt homedepot is an option.

    I totally agree with the plywood, and bracing.



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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    or some cabinet grade plywood




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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    Definitely go with ply over particle board, should be just fine with some bracing (some simple bracing going up-down and acrossed the enclosure on the inside should do you good)



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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    Birch is nice




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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    partical board is the crap that's left over after cutting everything else and glued/pressed together so they have a cheap wood "by product" that they can still sell.... it is 100&#37; worthless IMO, excet for office furniture!!!! any solid wood (like birch mentioned above) just stay away from softies such as maple,pine,etc..... double layer the walls if needed. it's walays better to have toooooo much rather than be anywhere close to not enough.



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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    if no MDF 13 ply Marine Grade Baltic Birch about $130 a sheet



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    Re: Need help deciding. Particle board or plywood?

    have someone build you a box of birch or mdf, and ship it to you.

    or move to a real city.



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    Quote Originally Posted by orangecounty1 View Post
    have someone build you a box of birch or mdf, and ship it to you.

    or move to a real city.
    x2 about the box, not about the city part



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