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Forum topic by mchuray posted 01-15-2013 03:53 AM 3703 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2013 03:53 AM

Ok This weekend I stopped at B&N and picked up Woodsmith’s latest 200 Tips etc.etc. It is full of tips using 1/4” tempered hardboard (finished both sides) Now I, as far as I can remember, I have never seen 1/4” hardboard finished on both sides. Locally I can’t even get hardboard in1/4” any more.. The thickest I’ve seen is 3/16” and it is only finished on one side. Does anyone know of a source along I-10 from Houston,TX to Lake City, FA Or any route between Baton Rouge and Pittsbourgh, PA (even the long way through St Louis, MO or South Carolina) that carries this mythical substance. I’m convinced that the folks at Woodsmith have a manfacture make a run of the stuff and then buy all of it for their various magizines. I have seen a couple of sheets of 1/8” at HD a couple of times, but not recently, and it didn’t have that hard shinie finish to it. Heck the folks at Woodsmith even showed 1/4” pegboard with a smooth finish on both sides on TV. The only thing that is 1/4” about any lacally avalable peg board are the holes. The stuff is only 3/16” thick and to my eye may not eve be that.

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 04:21 AM

Well, it does exist. I have 3 or 4 sheets about 2X3 that I picked up free when a neighborhood house was being rerfurbed. It’s hard finished both sides, and really is 1/4”. It’s also very heavy. Of course that doesn’t do you any good, except to know that it does (or did) really exist. Someday when I want to make custom templates for routering dovetails, I’ll put some of it to use.

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 04:25 AM

Look in a B2B phone directory for “plywood” –
you’ll find commercial dealers there who can
probably supply it.

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 04:27 AM

i’ve found tempered hardboard in every lowes store i’ve been in.

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 04:34 AM

Yes, I too have found 3/16” hardboard at Lowes. But don’t bother asking a sales associate. They don’t know what it is or if they have it. I asked, and was directed to hardwood. I just kept looking and saw it next to the pegboard.

It was a good quality. I can hardly tell which side is better. Both are quite shiney.

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