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Forum topic by kanihoncho posted 08-23-2011 04:52 PM 1033 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2011 04:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: patterns plastic pattern materials

I have been using hardboard to this point but I’m not happy with it. It will not hold fine details when trimmed to shape on a spindle sander.

I store my plans in a tube, and would like to store the patterns in the tube also, so I am thinking of using some kind of sheet plastic that has some kind of bend to it but will snap back into place when used on a table. I usually have 11 to 13 patterns for each project so the hardboard patterns are becoming bulky.

I am currently researching online and would appreciate any feedback on your methods or materials. Many thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 05:50 PM

Could you use acrylic sheet? USPlastics has a product called Acrylite FF that can be purchased as thin as 1/16” (.060)
Don’t know if it could be rolled as small as your tubes however, but it would store flat in less than half the space of hardboard.

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 05:12 PM

I went to my local autozone and got the backing for their window stickers. just happened to be there when they were doing it. it is dead smooth on one side and you can write on the other side. and it comes in a big sheet (around 3’x6’ or bigger) did it once about a year ago and won’t have to do it again probably for the rest of my life. call ahead and ask when they are going to be changing their window signs and ask that it be kept rolled up and if you can have it. they throw it away so it shouldn’t be a problem.

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