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Blog entry by PASs posted 12-03-2009 03:41 PM 1664 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

O.K. I know I’m going to catch some flack on this on the LJ side. But I’m new to LJs and believe that if you limit your materials you limit your capabilities.
I started playing with FRP sheeting a few years ago. You know, the stuff with the bubbly looking surface that you see in restrooms in the finer truck stops sometimes.
This stuff is GREAT for some work. It’s almost indestructible, cuts well, and will just plain outlive most wood in really bad environments.
I redid a laundry room with it a few years ago and it worked great. I lined a couple of drawer bottoms with it a while back because they got a lot of wet stuff in them and the drawers can double as small bathtubs now.
Just made the wife a small tray with some scraps and threw FRP in as the bottom.
Getting ready to do a built-in dresser in the Master Bedroom and thinking about doing the drawer bottoms in FRP.

Any thought from the dust-breathers?

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 03:51 PM

Sounds like a great use of appropiate materials. What kind of thickness is it available in. and where do you find yours when you buy it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 04:00 PM

You can get it at Home Depot and Lowes. It comes in 4’ x 8’ sheets just like plywood. I don’t have the exact thickness, but it’s about 1/8” thick. That is the limiting factor if it’s used by itself. Normally in construction it is glued or fastened to sheetrock with special through fastener (I just use extra liquid nails vice drilling holes through it.
Here’s a link to a site that ‘splains it more:
I did the half-bath and changing area in my shop with it last year, both walls and ceiling, and it’s working well. Especially since those two areas are also used by the grandkids when they go swimming in the cement pond so they don’t troop through the house.
Heck, I even glued a couple of scraps over the skylights in my Mom’s aparment over the shop to cut sunlight. It’s translucent and made for a great cover over them.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 06:27 PM

I often apply laminate to 1/4” baltic birch plywood for the bottom panels of drawers that need extra durability. This is durable and has an acceptable look to the clients. It can also be purchased a broader range of attractive colors and patterns than just white and almond.

As a remodeling contractor I have otherwise used FRP panels quite a bit.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 07:57 PM

If you want to get real fancy you should check out the products made by 3-form. Not cheap, but really nice. You can buy offcuts from their store for not too much coin though.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 03:40 PM

I’ve been looking for the company that makes those cable mounts but could never figure out a google seach that worked.
Thanks for the link, it’s safe in my “Woodworking Hardware” links.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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