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Forum topic by KenBry posted 02-09-2012 08:57 PM 6758 views 0 times favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2012 08:57 PM

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 02-09-2012 08:59 PM

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 02-09-2012 09:02 PM

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 02-09-2012 09:04 PM

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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#4 posted 02-09-2012 09:09 PM

Hard board = tempered board = masonite

maybe they just call it something different.

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

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 09:13 PM

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 02-09-2012 10:33 PM

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

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 12:49 AM

I Always purchase mine at Lowes or HD

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#8 posted 02-11-2012 12:52 AM

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

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#9 posted 02-11-2012 01:16 AM

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 02-11-2012 01:20 AM

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 02-11-2012 04:00 AM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 02-11-2012 04:38 AM

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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#13 posted 02-11-2012 05:50 AM

Randy / Grandpa;

Both great ideas. Thanks!

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

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#14 posted 02-11-2012 02:29 PM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 02-11-2012 06:05 PM

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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