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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 05-18-2012 02:22 PM

“Solid core door” is a little misleading. It means no big air spaces. (Some hollow core doors are eggcrate construction and the “crate” part is corrugated paper.) A solid core door, heavy like you can imagine it is solid wood, may well be particle board. I have seen some where the particle board is way less dense in the middle but typical close to the surface.

Think what doors are designed to do: Stay flat and true. They don’t have to have any particular stiffness past that requirement. Therefore, spanning a couple of file cabinets, they’re great. Work bench top supported by a framework, super. Shelves, not as worthy as their thickness would suggest.

Still, if you take them home, you cannot be accused of hoarding. They have uses. I have some doors that surround my compressor, as noise abatement. (Hollow core; I’m no Charles Atlas.) Another one is the tabletop on which my vacuum bag lives.

If you rip these, I’d suggest a good sharp blade in your skilsaw, clamped straightedge, and masking tape on the cut line to prevent tearout on the top.

I think my brainstorm has degenerated into harmless wind.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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