OSB: Ouchy Splinter Beast

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Blog entry by spunwood posted 02-24-2011 02:52 PM 6221 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Has anyone used OSB? I decided to go cheap when constructing a lumber cart (the one from shop notes #55). I am still pulling splinters out of my hands.

That picture is not my hand.
I am sure someone was wondering.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 03:00 PM

You will definitely get splinters from OSB. I try not to use it on surfaces that I will be touching a whole lot. I do use it to build stands for tools that I won’t touch much. I made a cabinet stand for my Ridgit belt/spindle sander out of it and it works great because I don’t hardly ever touch it and just store extra sanding spindles in the cabinet. I would never use it for a table top that I would be working on but for the price it works great for sides and stands.

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 03:32 PM

definitely a good time to use gloves. I keep a pair in the shop for times like that.

break out the tweezers!

-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 03:50 PM

Don’t cha know that you are supposed to save those to put in your bowl of milk for breakfast. You eat those big splinters and you get immune to them. Don’t leave them in your gums after eating though.

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 04:23 PM

If you handle with care and coat it with a couple of good coats of paint, it will work fine for stands and even
some shelves. The price is the best thing about it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 04:50 PM

I saw some OSB shelving that was sanded and stained at REI a few months back, it had a unique quality to it so for the price I decided to give it a whirl. I took my belt sander and a 60 grit pad then a 120 to it and made sure I had a nice even smooth surface then took some darker stain I had lying around and applied and then quickly removed as to only let it accent the edges of the strands, sealed it with like 4 coats of poly and it actually turned out looking pretty for a poor man’s underbench shelf”

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#6 posted 02-25-2011 04:06 AM

-curbside collect next time!! I’d rather pull nails and plane than spend money on wood that i don’t like using anyway. It is cool that it is a by-product though; it has its place!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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