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sikrap

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05-13-2009 03:54 PM

Not sure if this is the proper forum, but here goes. For those of us that don’t want to waste money and also want to keep stuff out of the landfills, here’s a (hopefully) helpful hint. Go to your local tile dealers and ask for the MDF that is used to separate floor tiles. I recently stumbled onto this and got myself 100 pieces of MDF that are 16×16 x 3/8. I figure that I won’t need to buy any TS inserts for quite a while and these can also be used to make jigs, drawer sides, etc. When I asked the tile guy for them, he said I was actually doing him a favor because he was going to have to take them back to the store and throw them away.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY


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#1 posted 05-13-2009 03:59 PM

That’s a great tip!

One man’s junk …

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#2 posted 05-13-2009 04:03 PM

great tip, good resource – and always nice to be able to help reduce the landfills from filling the land…

another similar tip is for Masonite, some companies use 48×48 sheets of masonite (hardboard) as a buffer between the shipment and the pallets they ride on, and then they need to discard of it. some offer it for free if you’re willing to help them by taking it off of their hands – great material for jigs as well as the surface is smooth, good as a glueup surface, and doesnt contain formalhyde. wine companies use it on their pallets, and I can only assume others do as well. if anyone is in the MA area – I can give you a contact to such company that has them by the thousands waiting to be taken away.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 05-13-2009 04:19 PM

PurpLev, where in MA?? I’m in the Albany, NY area and I sometimes head over to western Mass. If its not too far out of my way, I’d like to swing by and grab some of that hardboard.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 05-13-2009 04:36 PM

sikrap, it’s actually in Norwood (around Boston) MA, let me know if you’re still interetsed, I’ll PM you an email contact, maybe address, and phone if I can find those as well.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-13-2009 05:57 PM

Interesting Idea

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#6 posted 05-13-2009 11:36 PM

Thanks Purp, but that’s a little too far for me to go for some free hardboard. Luckily, I live very close to an area that gets an awful lot of manufacturing deliveries, so I’ll check with them. Thanks for a great idea.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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