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Forum topic by KenBry posted 803 days ago 5283 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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KenBry

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803 days ago

Guys, where do you get your sheets of Hardboard? The Local Lowes and Home Depot don’t have it. Just looking for a place that you guys normally find it.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.


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#1 posted 803 days ago

I usually buy hardboard at Lowe’s. In my local store the have the hardboard in the panelling section, instead of plywood/lumber.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#2 posted 803 days ago

Tempered hardboard is as common as 2×4s around here. Both Lowes and Home Depot carry it… On the shelf below the peg board which is just hardboard with a mess of holes in it… It’s usually by the lattice boards and stuff, not with the plywood…

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#3 posted 803 days ago

bLowes. Try again. Go in person, if you call and ask, you might have been asking someone who wouldn’t know hardwood from from hardboard from softwood. They might call it masonite, try that. It may be near the paneling, rather than the plywood. It comes tempered, which gives it a darker color and a little more strength, I think the tempered is smooth both sides, the regular is meshed, sort of looks like screen, on one side. There is also a melamine variety at our Lowes, white, sorta painted on one side.

I almost never touch the stuff, but it just so happens today I cut some, for a sacrificial table top. (No, I am not going to sacrifice any virgins….)

good luck with it.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 803 days ago

Hard board = tempered board = masonite

maybe they just call it something different.

I’ve seen it in smaller sheets down low around these parts.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#5 posted 803 days ago

OH CRUD, I never thought it would be in the paneling section. Been in the plywood area looking. I’ll give that a try. THANKS!

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#6 posted 803 days ago

Ken they usually have it in the molding and trim section at Lowe’s.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 802 days ago

I Always purchase mine at Lowes or HD

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Elizabeth

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#8 posted 802 days ago

Newbie question – I’ve never worked with hardboard. What are some good uses for it?

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#9 posted 802 days ago

Elizabeth: I use it for making router templates, and for parts of jigs occasionally.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 802 days ago

HD and Lowes carry both 3/16” and 1/8” tempered hardboard and both keep in paneling section.

Wish I could find some 1/4” like they used to sell. Have a couple of work tables built with sacrificial 1/4” tempered hardboard tops and wood banding around outside. When I have to replace with the 3/16” material I will have to remove and reinstall the edge banding 1/16” lower or it will be proud of the surface. Hope they are saving a lot of cost with this thickness reduction.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#11 posted 802 days ago

Viking,

Just replace the 1/4” with 3/16” hardboard, make a jig/fence, run a router horizontally with a bearing guided flush cutting bit (template bit). There’s no need to remove the edge banding.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 802 days ago

Viking I have a table with sacrificial melamine on the top. You can turn it over when it gets rough and go twice as long. My old eyes like the white because it is easy to find things on the surface. You can get it in 1/4 I think.

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Viking

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#13 posted 802 days ago

Randy / Grandpa;

Both great ideas. Thanks!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#14 posted 802 days ago

Viking,
Your welcome.

Wow! Usually, when I have a good idea, it just dies from loneliness

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 801 days ago

Your welcome from here also. I am with DIY on this….LOL Wish you the best on your endeavor
Melamine turns the wood glue loose pretty easily also. a plus for me.

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