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Forum topic by Karda posted 10-18-2017 03:34 AM 774 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2017 03:34 AM

Hi, I found this old board in my new house. I would like to use it for a lazy Susan lathe tool rack but when I cut it I found it is a wood veered flake board. I will be cutting it to size and cutting many 1.5 inche holes. My question is will it hold up or will it start to crumble where it has been cut. Here is a pic of the cut edge thanks mike

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#1 posted 10-18-2017 11:37 AM

It will hold up for a while

All depends on how you handle it

OSB is not really designed for your intended purpose

It is designed for sheathing,,,,,thats all

You have a new house….and cannot afford a sheet of plywood ?

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#2 posted 10-18-2017 11:51 AM

You have a new house….and cannot afford a sheet of plywood ?

- cabmaker

Wow … that was rude!

Karda – I believe if you apply a few coats of shellac to the exposed edge(s) this “board” will serve your purpose for quite some time!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 10-18-2017 12:12 PM

Wow…..well…there you go….use some shellac from a 14.00 quart to put on a piece from an 8.00 sheet of osb

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#4 posted 10-18-2017 12:38 PM

It should be fine since the veneer will hold up the edges. I agree a rattle can shellac or poly finish sprayed to the inside of the holes will increase its lifetime. It might start to degrade after a while, but you should get some good use out it it. Good luck with your new house!!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#5 posted 10-18-2017 12:56 PM

I’m with cabmaker, why not use a better board? Not sure OSB should even be called a “board,” maybe a “piece”?

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#6 posted 10-18-2017 02:17 PM

all depends how many holes you put in it …..if this is only access to that wood …then go for it …if it fails just call it a prototype ..LMAO :<))


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#7 posted 10-18-2017 04:14 PM

not every body that has has a new house has lots of money. ot only means the house is new to me. I am on a fix income and don’t have any to waste on my poor wood working skill. Thanks for your suggestion. I do have a 3/4 ply scrap that would work but its not as nice looking as this. well there is always paint. Thanks

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#8 posted 10-18-2017 04:57 PM

Karda, obviously, it is not the ideal material for what you propose to do with it.

The only way to get a real answer to your question is to experiment and see if it will work for you.
Just do so, knowing it may fail and you may still need better materials to complete your task.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 10-18-2017 05:40 PM

I am patching the ply wood I have. it has some surface cracks that make it look like crap but it is a thick. I just wasn’t sure of the limitation of the flake since it is veered, sorry for the stupid question, I should have known better

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#10 posted 10-18-2017 06:17 PM

The top of my workbench is a solid core door, it’s OSB. I put it on as a temporary top. It’s been on for 10 years or so.
It is laminated on both sides with some type of synthetic veneer. It’s help up just fine even with 3 vises attached to it…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#11 posted 10-18-2017 10:46 PM

I know the stuff is rugged when used for covering and as tops but I will be cuting the board to sizeand cutting holes in it for the tools. My concern is will the holes flace out where there is no vener to take thre wear. I am building a lazy susan late tool rack.

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#12 posted 10-18-2017 11:10 PM

You could try coating the edges of the cut holes with epoxy. That should hold the ‘flakes’ for quite some time and won’t detract from the overall look of the piece.

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#13 posted 10-18-2017 11:10 PM

That wasn’t a stupid question. It’s already an old board but still looks flat and solid. As someone said, it will be good for years to come. Use it, with or without sealing the ends. Ikea has made a fortune using that kind of material.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#14 posted 10-18-2017 11:35 PM

ok the poxy sound like a winner, I was thinking titebond did’t think of that

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#15 posted 10-19-2017 01:03 PM

I think that is particle board not OSB. The chips appear to be in random orientations. 90% of furniture this days is particle board with a veneer applied. A lot of the shelving you buy at home depot or Ikea is the same stuff. This will hold up just fine as long as it doesn’t get wet.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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